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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-25-12 03:35 PM
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Offensive anti-public school ad by Michelle Rhee's reform group
Run time: 00:31
Posted on YouTube: July 22, 2012
By YouTube Member: studentsfirst
Views on YouTube: 7703
Posted on DU: July 25, 2012
By DU Member: madfloridian
Views on DU: 493
This is one of the most offensive, tasteless, crude ads I have ever seen. It was done by Michelle Rhee's education reform group called Students First.

Shame on that group.

From Education Weekly:

Rhee 'Olympics' Ad Sports a Questionable Message

In a new ad attempting to illustrate the decline of U.S. schools, the nonprofit advocacy group StudentsFirst, founded by former D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, plays off both the wave of excitement about the upcoming summer Olympics and the arguably overdone "fat man dances" slapstick routine.

Twitter is abuzz with both praise and disparagement of the ad, which Rhee proudly previewed yesterday on NBC's Meet the Press. "Funny and yet sad," said one proponent by tweet.

Meanwhile, blogger Gary Rubenstein, dependably critical of anything Teach For America-related (Rhee was once a TFAer), deconstructs the ad's claim that the United States has lost its "competitive edge" due to declining student achievement. And he further scorns the ad itself: "I did not find this video amusing, except for the irony that they know about as much about comedy as they do about practical education reform."

This is a woman with whom Arne Duncan has appeared numerous times and whose goals he appears to support.

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