Some of my readers were disturbed by John Hildebrand’s distortion of my post on the appointment of Lorna Lewis as the new Superintendent of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Schools. Readers unfamiliar with my piece would rightfully think from Hildebrand’s reporting that, true to the “confrontational” style of our union’s leadership, my purpose was to challenge Dr. Lewis even before she was on the job. One would never know from Hildebrand’s article that the central thrust of my words was to lament the current condition of public education and to observe that many of the exuberant hopes that people in the school community seem to have for her leadership, will prove illusory in world in which teachers are branded public enemy number one by those who are bent on privatizing our schools.
I’ve come to expect nothing better from Hildebrand. I long ago stopped taking his calls, having learned that I could count on being misrepresented. I also no longer subscribe to his newspaper, a tabloid hostile to working people and their unions.