Amid today's aggrandizing articles in all the papers about Michael Bloomberg donating over $1.1 billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University, is the news that Bloomberg was a rather unmotivated C student in high school.
He belonged to the math club, but otherwise was uninvolved in his school's clubs and activities and was overall an unmotivated and rather average student.
Given Bloomberg's obsession with evaluating teachers based upon test scores and given his administration's insistence that if a student fails to improve academically in school, it is ALWAYS the fault of the teacher, I wonder what Bloomberg would say about his own teachers.
Was Bloomberg's C average and lack of motivation in school his responsibility or were his teachers at fault?
If the Bloomberg administration and the Bloomberg NYCDOE had held power over Michael Bloomberg's high school teachers when Bloomberg himself was getting C's in high school, Bloomberg's teachers would have been rated "ineffective" for not motivating Bloomberg to be a better student and for not "adding value" to Bloomberg's test scores and grade average.
This is an interesting, because Bloomberg has been pretty upfront about his lack of motivation for school when he was a kid and has said in the past that it wasn't until he got into Johns Hopkins that he began to flourish as a student.
Bloomberg never became an A+ student, but he did improve enough to get some A's and also become involved in social clubs, activities and his fraternity.
How is it the fault of Bloomberg's high school teachers that Bloomberg didn't become engaged by school until he got to college?
To be frank, it's not - this was Bloomberg's academic trajectory, to basically just get through school and not really hit his stride until college.
In fact, Bloomberg may have become such an overachiever later on in life because he was so unmotivated earlier on and the memories of those times perhaps spurred him to become a self made billionaire who puts his name on everything he owns.
In any case, what we do know is that it was not the fault of Bloomberg's teachers that he was an unmotivated C student in high school any more than it is the fault of NYC teachers that some students do not achieve the kinds of test scores and grades that Bloomberg and his Tweedies think they should.
We need look no further than Bloomberg's own academic transcript to see the proof for this.
I bet Bloomberg wouldn't admit to this, but if his education reforms had been in place during his own high school career, his teachers would have been held accountable for what was essentially Michael Bloomberg's own fault.