...but Steve Poizner has surmounted other obstacles, as when he volunteered to teach without pay in an East San Jose high school. After he sold, for $1 billion, one of the technology companies he founded after moving to California from Texas, and after serving as a White House fellow, he walked into San Jose's school district office, explained that he graduated No. 1 in his class at the University of Texas, earned a Stanford business degree and now wanted to teach American government to high school seniors. A functionary declared: "Nothing you have said qualifies you to be in the classroom."Any system which doesn't allow someone as qualified as this to teach is already failed. I bet there are tons of parents who would be happy to have their kids taught by this guy and others who don't have the right "qualifications". If only they had money so they could make the choice for themselves.
Undeterred, he placed calls to the district's 12 high school principals. Eleven did not return his calls. The 12th, whose students were mostly from working-class Hispanic families, gave Poizner the opportunity he describes as the hardest, and most rewarding, thing he has ever done.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
If you aren't reading George Will, you need to start. In his awesome column today, he talks about Republican candidate for California governor Steve Poizner:
F. at 9:11 AM