First watch the two minutes from 20:30 to 22:50 (up until the moderator asks Rhee if she is a ‘Tiger Mom’) of this excerpt from an interview Michelle Rhee did recently.
Now, the video really speaks for itself, so I’ll let readers make comments, but first let me write a bit myself.
This is such a bizarre and revealing story Rhee tells to show how out of touch she is, or how much she wants to distort reality.
Without even knowing this family, I can tell you that I believe that most of this story is just not true. Parents, with very rare exceptions, are very willing to come in to have a conference with the school when the school demands. Schools certainly have the right to demand a parent conference. I’m sure that KIPP and other charters often do this. It is part of family and school working together on an issue. If, in this case, the parent is mentally ill, then the school would surely allow someone else in the family to come in. They wouldn’t demand that it is the mother.
She says that it is not about blaming the teachers or the parents, but it is clear that she is blaming the school here since if they insist on having a parent (or other family member come in) it is equivalent to telling a 9 year old girl that she might as well drop out of school right now.
Anyway, I do think the video speaks for itself, so I’ll leave it to others to comment please.