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The Only Black Woman From the Class of 1974 at Dartmouth College
I won’t be writing again about the ongoing Chicago teachers strike, but it is worth noting that the head of the teachers union out there is alumna Karen Lewis ‘74, who styles herself the “only black woman from the Class of 1974 at Dartmouth College.” She has fought hard to prevent the school administration from laying off teachers in any manner except by seniority, and in the current contentious contract negotiation, she has rejected Chicago’s offer of a 16% wage increase. In the below video, she comments derisively on the lisp that Obama administration Secretary of Education Arne Duncan supposedly has, opines that Duncan may have taken drugs as a student, and she notes of her time at Dartmouth, “I spent those years smoking lots of weed. Self-medicating. Self-medicating.”
While Lewis is the President of the Chicago Teachers Union, and the Vice-President of the American Federation of Teachers, she is not the College’s finest ambassador.
Addendum: The NYT’s Joe Nocera reports: “In Chicago, about 60 percent of public school students graduate from high school. The percentage who graduate from college before the age of 25 is appalling: somewhere around 6 percent.”
Addendum: The first freshman women after the College began coeducation matriculated at Dartmouth in the fall of 1972 — the Class of 1976. They graduated at the end of my freshman year. The infamous ratio then was three men for each woman. However, about 24 junior transfer students arrived at Dartmouth in September 1972, too. Karen Lewis was the only African-American among them.
Addendum: According to a 2004 study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 39% of Chicago’s public school teachers send their kids to private schools.
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…