I have to give a standing ovation to Dr. Jared Mendenhall, the Broken Arrow Superintendent, who exposed himself to hostile action by stepping out on point this weekend. In an email sent Saturday to school administrators in both the Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas, Mendenhall  asked others to join him in giving our current State Superintendent a vote of  “no confidence.”

Dr. Mendenhall writes, “As the leaders of schools throughout the state, we have lost all confidence in the leadership of the current state superintendent.  Our hope is that such a vote will initiate action from state legislators and parents who have the ability to make positive changes in the course of public education.”

Well done, Jared—you have my full support!

Of course, Dr. Barresi immediately responded with her usual nonsense that we should be “thinking about the kids” instead of attacking her.

Janet, the reason people are attacking you is precisely because we are thinking about the kids. We serve as the voice for those who do not have one.  Our children need to be protected  from your mean-spirited and reckless reforms.

In our mind, if you truly cared about doing what is right for children in Oklahoma, you would simply step down. Move back to the dentist office, get a job with Jeb, or find another avocation where your actions do not cause  more harm to children of Oklahoma.  It’s not personal. It has simply become glaringly obvious that your ideologies are diametrically opposed to what we as experienced educators and administrators know to be right for kids. It is time for you to go.

A friend of mine who wishes to remain anonymous shared the following adaptation of a famous Dr. Seuss book titled “Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!”

Dr. Seuss sent Art Buchwald, the Washington Post writer, a copy in 1974. Dr. Seuss crossed out “Marvin K. Mooney” and replaced it with “Richard M. Nixon.”  To Mr. Buchwald it sounded like fun so he asked Dr. Seuss if he could reprint it. The Washington Post ran the parody.

In light of recent Oklahoma education events and the pathetic SDE leadership an updating of the parody seems needed! The comparison between 1974 and today is intentional.

Have fun with this!  Please read it aloud!

Janet C. Breezy Will You Please Go Now!

by James L. Scott (pseudonym)

“Janet C. Breezy will you please go now!
The time has come.
The time has come.
The time is now.
Just go.
I don’t care how.
You can go by foot.
You can go by cow.
Janet C. Breezy will you please go now!
You can go on skates.
You can go on skis.
You can go in a hat.
Please go.
I don’t care.
You can go
By bike.
You can go
On a Zike-Bike
If you like.
If you like
You can go
In an old blue shoe.
Just go, go, GO!
Please do, do, do, DO!
Janet C. Breezy
I don’t care how.
Janet C. Breezy
Will you please
You can go on stilts.
You can go by fish.
You can go in a Crunk-Car
If you wish.
If you wish
You may go
By lion’s tail.
Or stamp yourself
And go by mail.
Janet C. Breezy
Don’t you know
The time has come
To go, go, GO!
Get on your way!
Please Janet C.!
You might like going in a Zumble-Zay.
You can go by balloon . . .
Or broomstick.
You can go by camel
In a bureau drawer.
You can go by bumble-boat
. . . or jet.
I don’t care how you go.
Just get!
Janet C. Breezy!
I don’t care how.
Janet C. Breezy
Will you please
I said
I meant . . .
The time had come
So . . .
Janet WENT.”

Now that would be a happy ending!