I do believe Mark Dayton taught high school.
I believe it because it’d be grindingly stupid for a public figure to lie about something that is as relatively easy to run down (even given New York City’s sclerotic bureaucracy) as whether he actually taught.
And even if Mark Dayton were unaware of how nothing remotely public is secret from The Cloud – and it’s possible, since the last time he ran for office there were no blogs, and The Cloud and crowdsourcing were the stuff of futurists’ jabberings – he’s got people on his staff who, by all accounts, should.
So yeah, I suspect Dayton probably taught for a couple of years. Because he put his teaching experience in his bio for a reason – to burnish his “I understand the plight of the commoners” cred, which might be suspect, given his plutocratic pedigree.
So yes; I’ll accept Dayton worked as a teacher. But I’d be interested in knowing where. And with whom.
Charlie Quimby has a quote from the director of the “Peace Corps”-like program for whom Dayton worked, right out of Yale in the late sixties.
Mark taught on the Lower East Side where my headquarters were located. He was one of the first to come into the program, along with a number of recent Yale graduates, and I knew him quite well. He did a very good job and the conditions were in some ways more demanding than the Peace Corps.
It is indeed contemptible that anyone would attempt to claim that Mark did not teach in the New York City public schools or deny his youthful idealism.
In other words, “shut up, madding peasants!”.
Still, we’re getting closer. Dayton taught on “the Lower East Side”. Quimby even intimates that he taught at a “PS65”, on the Lower East Side.
Well bully! Now we’re getting closer!
But so far what we have is the word of a training program director, and a copy of his license that was apparently delivered to…the address of the training program.
Look – as I’ve said, I believe that Dayton taught. And as the grandson, son and brother of teachers, I do truly want to “deny his youthful idealism”, heaven forfend. Teaching is an important job; if he actually was a teacher, it improves my opinion of him ever so slightly (and, commensurately, if he is, heaven forfend, lying about it, it’ll certainly tank whatever respect I may have had for him, little as that may be).
So would it kill Dayton to simply say “I taught for two years at PS65; my principal was Lev Abramowiec”, or wherever?
Because what we have so far are…:
- Dismissive huffing from an educational “community organizer” who assures us that Dayton taught for his program, but doesn’t apparently go into details. In the spirit of inquiry, I’ll ask anyone to stop me if I’m wrong.
- A copy of a teachers license delivered, apparently, to the address of the program above. A teachers license proves that someone was deemed qualified to teach, and that they passed their student teaching evaluations, and a bunch of classes in pedagogy and psychology (“Theory of the Eraser 351”, my dad – who only taught for forty years so, plus a couple stints teaching teachers – called ’em).
Well, it proves that Mark Dayton could have been a teacher, all right. It doesn’t actually put him in a classroom, but I’m sure that’s just a formality.
So would it kill the campaign to give us a school name? A principal?
If you find something factual that refutes me [which would be difficult, since the only facts in the linked piece are the one-time existence of a lower-east-side school], please do get back to my readers in the comments. I’ll be in Turkey, where that nation has an election that may move it every closer to democratic rule.
Otherwise, it would be a good idea not to raise questions when you really don’t know the answers.
It makes you look like an ass.
Sometimes it surely does.
And sometimes it leads to other questions, which lead to bigger answers than you’d ever dreamed.
By the way – I’d love to have seen this same level of scrutiny of the scrutinizers when the Strib omitted great reams of exculpatory context in “reporting” on Tom Emmer’s civil court records.
Or when “Alliance for a Better Minnesota” was lying about Tom Emmer’s criminal record and DUI legislation.
Or when the Strib and the PiPress parrotted Human Rights Coalition press releases to make it appear that the “boycott” was having an effect on Target’s bottom line.
Or, really, the left’s entire bought-and-paid-for smear campaign.
Amazing what a few “questions” can lead you to, even when you don’t know the answers.