Michelle and Marion: True Love?

I’m like, ‘You know what? I don’t give a crap.’ Don’t get me wrong. Creativity is good and whatever. But if the children don’t know how to read, I don’t care how creative you are. You’re not doing your job.

–Founder/CEO of Students First and former DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee on teachers, Time Magazine cover story, November 8, 2008.

I don’t know what it is about young boys that they love to throw rocks. It happens more in low-income communities…where there are a significant number of young people who are home after school and don’t have recreation facilities.

–Former Mayor, convicted felon and current Ward 8 DC Councilman Marion Barry on possible service cuts due to frequent attacks on city buses in his ward, Washington Post, October 28, 2012.

By most accounts, Marion Barry and Michelle Rhee can’t stand each other and disagree on almost everything. Yet here they are; making essentially the same philosophical argument about social organization, human agency and public policy.


Answers should either agree or disagree with the proposition and explain why, demonstrating a clear understanding of how each statement relates to social organization, human agency and public policy. It is recommended that you use the scratch paper provided to sketch out the main ideas you wish to express in your answer, but no points will be awarded for anything not submitted to the comments section.

The best answer will receive a $15 credit in the Teachbad Strictly Home-Use Teacher Store. The worst answer will receive a $5 credit. The awarding of store credit will be at the sole discretion of Mr. Teachbad.




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