Friday, November 12, 2010

Cathleen Black: Memo 1

great piece by Bob Morris from the nyobserver on Cathleen Black's first memo to her staff
    To: Staff
    From: Cathleen Black
    Re: The New Schools for Spring 2011
    To set the tone of the new administration and make things fresh, accessible and modern,effective immediately I am instituting these changes in New York City schools:
    -We will now refer to semesters as seasons
    -All school uniforms in black
    -Basketball uniforms in natural fibers
    -Winter break will be called resort
    -Morning announcements will include pronouncements
    -Fashion monthlies to be used for all lesson plans
        *  spelling (K-a-r-d-a-s-h-i-a-n)
        *  geography (Jersey Shore, Milan, Mustique, Sundance, Cannes)
        *  history (Gianni Versace)
        *  chemistry (scent strips)
        *  mathematics (ad page counts and base rates)
        *  geometry (hemlines)
        *  spatial relations (front row seating charts)
    -Summer school is suspended until after couture
    -Historical school names to be replaced with local fashion designers (except Halston)
    -Report cards reformatted as reviews for Ipads
    -Test times pushed back to 10 am (real start time 10:30)
    -Gym classes to include social climbing
    -Exchange programs to include Top Shop and Uniqlo
    -Removal of all asbestos and carbs from school buildings
    I am excited to be here (although I still miss the subsidized sushi at the Hearst cafeteria) and hope to look over your shoes and your test scores in the near future.

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