The new NYC school chancellor Cathie Black has already put her foot in her mouth. At a meeting discussing the issue of schools overcrowding, Black felt comfy enough to joke about a serious issue. “Could we have some birth control for a while? It could really help us all out a lot.” Hardy Har. Before you say “what’s wrong with that?” think about it for a minute. For someone at the top of the administration of the public school system in NYC to make light of this issue is concerning. To even prescribe birth control so she and her top administrators wont have to “deal” with overcrowding shows massive contempt for the population she is supposed to serve. Not to mention that the comment has racially charged undertones, since birth control is encouraged for certain populations more than others. It’s a loaded “solution” and comes from a vantage point of privilege, dictating who and who should not have children.
Not only is Cathie Black unqualified to be chancellor, she is also insensitive to the very real issues that face those in New York City public schools. Every parent should feel insulted, and see her “apology” as insufficient. Two weeks in the position, and you make these kind of statements? Not.. “well maybe we should build more schools” but an inappropriate quip at the expense of the parents of children in public school. This is what cronyism allows.