Today is Martin Luther King Day. I was only 4 years old when he was assassinated and have no memory of him at all. But I do know one thing. He was a transformative figure for this country.
King is in the same echelon as Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson, FDR, Jefferson, Madison. He dared to think outside the box and took on the establishment and did what was right even though it was unpopular to those is power.
So how is MLK Day celebrated? By Commissioner of Education John King being as blatantly incorrect about King's legacy and what he would have wanted as the Tea Baggers are as blatantly incorrect about the Founding Fathers and Ronald Reagan.
John King of Comedy today shared with all in today's Daily News how a just found recording of MLK giving a speech to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address is tied into today's efforts to transform public schools. I truly do not see the connection.
His comedieness blabbers; true equality of opportunity remains elusive — in no small part because
we as a country have not yet found a way to provide all of our children
with an education that prepares them for success in college and
King of Comedy spews forth; As a teacher and principal, I was driven each day by the conviction that
while we cannot ignore and indeed must address the challenges posed by
economic hardship, inadequate access to healthcare, housing and the
like, the single best tool we have to advance opportunity is education.