There’s not a lot wrong with New York City’s public schools that couldn’t be improved with more studious students. And, critically, with far fewer of the unserious, disruptive, sometimes violent types who populate the city’s least functional schools. Harsh, but true.
Disorder is endemic in New York classrooms. Teachers and staff complain bitterly to The Post of schoolhouse anarchy; the head of the city teachers’ union is raising alarms — and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, obsessed as he is with peripheral social issues, once again is out to lunch.
Carranza scarcely opens his mouth without words like “discrimination,” “integration” and “social justice” tumbling out. He has been chancellor for a year now and has never spoken honestly of the Department of Education’s chaotic classrooms and seething corridors.
When he does speak, it’s generally to defend the disrupters, or at least the cockeyed protocol DOE has adopted to deal with the issue — a policy that is, to paraphrase a great man, a corruption wrapped in an evasion inside a capitulation.
That is, Mayor Bill de Blasio. Carranza and the DOE have betrayed their obligation to provide welcoming classrooms for all children to paper over racial and ethnic tensions, thus surrendering the schools to activists and others with axes to grind.
Bob McManus is a contributing editor of City Journal. He retired as editorial page editor of the New York Post in 2013 and has since worked as a freelance editor, columnist, and writer. This piece originally appeared at City Journal.