Greg Bales

On Backgrounds and Credentials

Regarding the appointment of a publishing executive to head New York Public Schools, which has stirred up no small amount of indignation around here on the part of education professionals having been shut out of the job: There is a point at which background and credentials matter much less than who it is one says “yes” and “no” to. The hard part for everyone else is figuring out what a person’s background and credentials say about that person’s masters.1

1 Peter Meyer lists the accomplishments of Black’s predecessor.




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