This list reveals the most dangerous enemies of public education and how they earned their spot in infamy. To discover why they landed on this list, click the links included with each name below the brick wall. This list is subject to change at any time.
Spending billions to destroy Public Schools
with testing agenda to rank & fire teachers
Living in Dialogue
Why are #Walmart Billionaires Bankrolling Phony School Reform
Who is #EliBroad and why is he trying to destroy public education?
Defend Public Education.net
To brainwash children with libertarian ideas
False apologies of Arne Duncan
Who contributed to significant crises in urban school districts
Yohuru Williams at The Huffington Post.com
Who is #DavidColeman
Architect of Common Core and War on Pub-Ed
who ignores professionalism of teachers
Horrible record on Education
His friends and allies are getting rich from his reform agenda
The New Yorker Reviews Jeb’s Record on Education
#AndrewCuomo is backstabbing governor,
who wants to kill traditional public education in New York State
Punishing Teachers: Cuomo in 2015 Was Jindal in 2012
Alleged Liar & Deceiver
who pays herself 500K+ annually from tax payers
NYC Expert Debunks Eva Moskowitz’s Extravagant and Misleading Claims
Did #MichelleRhee achieve most of her broken promises in D.C.
She failed with 98.5% of boasted goals
Did ANY of Michelle Rhee’s promises actually work in DC?
If you want to suggest someone who deserved to be added to the extended list—beyond the Top Ten—please leave a comment with a name and provide a link to evidence that shows why they deserve a spot on the extended list of public education’s worst enemies.
The Boston Globe: Overhaul of schools is wrong diagnosis
Bill Moyers & Company: Who are the Corporate Reformers of Public Education?
More On John White’s Spring 2015 PARCC Fraud
Governor Chris Christie Announces Privatizing Scheme for Camden City Schools
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s War on Teachers and Chidlren
Who’s Getting Screwed by Ohio’s Budget Cuts?
David Welch: The Man Behind Vergara v. California
A Private Putsch Against Public Schooling
Public Education can’t survive four more years of Rick Scott and Gary Chartrand
Is Campbell Brown the New Michelle Rhee of School Reform?
Fact-Checking Campbell Brown: What she said, what research really shows
Campbell Brown refuses to disclose donors and distorts facts on Colbert Report
Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran,
who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).
Runner Up in Biography/Autobiogrpahy
2015 Florida Book Festival
Honorable Mention in Biography/Autobiography
2014 Southern California Book Festival
2014 New England Book Festival
2014 London Book Festival
His third book is Crazy is Normal, a classroom exposé, a memoir. “Lofthouse presents us with grungy classrooms, kids who don’t want to be in school, and the consequences of growing up in a hardscrabble world. While some parents support his efforts, many sabotage them—and isolated administrators make the work of Lofthouse and his peers even more difficult.” – Bruce Reeves
Lofthouse’s first novel was the award winning historical fiction My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition]. His second novel was the award winning thriller Running with the Enemy. His short story A Night at the “Well of Purity” was named a finalist of the 2007 Chicago Literary Awards. His wife is Anchee Min, the international, best-selling, award winning author of Red Azalea, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year (1992).
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January 24, 2015 at 21:15
another depressing thought is how many of the governors on the list (including extended) are running for president
January 25, 2015 at 07:16
We know Jeb Bush wants the White House, and that Jindal may also throw his hat in the ring, but the country may be tired of the Bush family and I don’t think Jindal has the charisma—-star power needed—to capture the White House. It seems that presidents in the age of instant-media, overnight, viral fame have to look like a celebrity or be a national celebrity to get elected. I’m not sure Jindal has achieved either of those markers. He’s a state/regional power broker.
Imagine the number of presidents before TV and the Internet who could not get elected today because they are not good looking enough. Would Abraham Lincoln have been electable in the age of good looks come first over brains, common sense and intelligence?
Bush has a national stage because he is a Bush, but is that enough for him to make it all the way. The first Bush only served one term and then lost the White House and the second Bush gave us two wars that are like a malignant cancer, more than doubled the federal national debt, 9/11 happened on his watch, and then there was the global financial crises of 2007-08. It’s possible that Ebola would be more popular than another Bush in the White House.
January 25, 2015 at 19:14
Christie too and at least one other gov on the “runners up” list…less popular than Ebola ~ now there’s a catchy “un-slogan”
January 26, 2015 at 18:37
It’s hard to think Christie could be nominated–
Moody’s downgraded NJ ratings a record # of times in just five years. Employment in NJ is still dreadful. He can get people off the beach before a hurricane but two years after, 80% of federal aid still hadn’t been dispersed. That was when he told a demonstrator to “sit down & shut up.” The man had taken a month off work to help Sandy victims clean up in 2012; he’d served on his town council in the past. CC’s judgment in renewing Cami Anderson’s contract for a 38,000-student district raises the question how well he’d pick leaders for, say, the Pentagon. Just print this out & send it to his opponents.
January 26, 2015 at 19:28
If Christie runs for president, we won’t have to worry. His opponents will look under every rock and find every grain of dirt they can on him. All of his sins will come back to haunt him ten fold.
January 26, 2015 at 20:16
The selection is not appealing… none of them. At least he has never done an exorcism — something on Bobby Jindal’s resume
January 26, 2015 at 20:34
Even when we think the selection offers a choice, in the end, we are usually fooled and there was no choice.
January 25, 2015 at 08:36
Thanks for putting this out there. Many people have “positive” views about these people – they should hear both sides of the story.
January 25, 2015 at 08:42
You are welcome.
both sides = truth based on facts versus propaganda based on cherry-picked facts, manipulation, misinformation and lies
January 25, 2015 at 08:41
Reblogged this on Education Under Attack and commented:
Lloyd Lofthouse (Crazy Normal’s author) has a Top !0 List – of the enemies of public education. Do you know all the people in the list and why they made his list?
January 26, 2015 at 03:57
Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene
January 26, 2015 at 13:20
January 26, 2015 at 13:37
Thank you. I’m planning on putting together a photo line-up with each one of the top ten holding their number ranking from 1 to 10. Bill Gates would be on the far right.
January 26, 2015 at 19:37
Lloyd, Have you seen D Ravitch’s recent post that PBS seeks people for Teacher’s Lounge? E-mail for Corinne S is given. You’d be ideal–you’re eloquent, insightful, & as a retiree you can write without job repercussions.
January 26, 2015 at 19:58
Yep, I saw the PBS post, and I sent an e-mail. We shall see. :o)
February 24, 2015 at 17:51
This is a remarkable resource.
March 26, 2015 at 15:23
Hello Mr. Lofthouse. I follow your comments in Dr. Ravitch’s blog.
Here are three more enemies of public education from my home state of Indiana:
(1) former Governor Mitch Daniels, who once called teachers “the privileged elite”, shortly before holding an expensive fundraising dinner for his donors (I think it was $1000 a plate or some such absurdity);
(2) former Indiana State Superintendent Tony Bennett, high-flying Icarus of public education “reform” who ran public ed into the ground during his tenure in Indiana. After his defeat in 2012, he was hired as supe of Florida, but resigned when it was revealed that he recalibrated the A-F grading scale to raise one of his donors’ charter schools grade from C to A.
(3) Current Indiana Governor Mike Pence who has fought against State Superintendent Glenda Ritz by removing her from the duly elected position as chairman of the Indiana State Board of Education.
March 26, 2015 at 15:28
Thank you. I have to carve out some time to update this list. :o)