City Desk

Michelle Rhee Bowl To Be Played Tonight: Winless Coolidge Vs. Winless Anacostia!

photo by Darrow Montgomery
photo by Darrow Montgomery

Somebody's gotta win.

Remember when Michelle Rhee pronounced the vote against her boss as "devastating for the children of D.C.," the cockiest  utterance from a D.C. public official since Marion Barry's "Get over it!"? (Yeah, Rhee is a public official. I just looked it up.)

Well, it's real tough to view Rhee's leaving, if that's what she's promising us, as much of a loss when looking at tonight's football matchup of Coolidge and Anacostia. The athletic programs at both schools are a mess—neither team has won a game yet, for starters—and their problems are symptomatic of larger ills within DCPS athletics that Rhee, megalomania notwithstanding, has done nothing to cure.

Coolidge, a regular Turkey Bowl contender in recent years, goes into the game 0-5, and has been outscored 125-37. The team is now in the hands of first-year head coach Natalie Randolph, who, much like Rhee, didn't have a fit resume when she was handed the job but looks good on a magazine cover. Coolidge, as a school, isn't really even run by DCPS any more. Rhee turned the school over to Friends of Bedford, some New York-based education reform clique, and they hired Randolph. It's not Randolph's fault she was hired, and Rhee could learn a lot by watching Randolph, who has been humble and hardworking as her squad's taken its lumps.

Anacostia, meanwhile, isn't really even run by DCPS any more, either. Rhee turned its management over to a charter school, Friendship Public Charter School. Anacostia, which had the best football program in the city 20 years ago, is 0-4 and has been outscored 130-12. Anacostia didn't even field a team at the beginning of the 2010 season. The Indians were forced to forfeit their opening game with Gonzaga because there weren't enough kids on the roster.

That's a pretty good indicator of the competence of the Friendship administrators Rhee gave the school to. Nicely done!

The athletic problems at these schools, and all of Rhee's DCIAA high schools, run way beyond the football field. Both Coolidge and Anacostia, like all of Rhee's schools not named Wilson, treat girl athletes like they don't exist. For all the years she's held the title chancellor—somehow, even her title is obnoxious—the utter absence of girls' sports teams is on Rhee, too.

What's devastating, again?

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Comments

  1. #1

    What kind of a retard cannot distinguish between academic and athletic priorities when assessing school performance?

    Answer: The douchebag who wrote this piece of crap.

  2. #2

    I hear she beats little old ladies, too.

    Garbage hit job from a hack.

  3. #3

    And she's Asian! Damn foreigners...

  4. #4

    WOW! Youre priorities sure are misplaced. This is a disgrace. FOr decades the Washington DC public school system has failed the disadvantaged of this city and for the last three years there has been a glimmer of improvement. But leave it to you to slap it down with a diatribe with no supporting facts.

    Scores are up double digits in academic performance {notwithstanding the downward move in 4th grade this year, but still up double digits in three years.

    High school sports should be there to teach sportsmanship and give health to our children, not to teach winning is everything.

    Whose resume is unfit! I would say stick to what you know, but then.....

  5. #5

    As the author could tell you, Rhee stuck her nose into sports without knowing what she was doing back in 2008:

    http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/34679/welcome-13th-graders

    As was true with DCPS budgeting and DCPS schools modernization, when she realized she had neither the background nor knowledge to do anything but screw it up, she backed off and let others run that part of her job.

    If only she'd come to that realization just before she chose to take a job as chancellor for which she had neither the background, experience nor academic credentials.

  6. #6

    It's very simple. Sports -- like drama and music programs and debate and chess clubs -- engage kids (particularly the "at-risk" ones) in ways that school cannot. These activities afford participants personal confidence and character development. They often enable students to improve their chances of admission (and sometimes financial aid) in college.

    Except when the school's activities and the leagues with which they are affiliated are a joke ... as in the case of DCPS/DCIAA.

    Stop worshiping at the Altar of Rhee. Many of these amazing "test score gains" are inflated stats, and many of those inflated stats have nothing to do with education.

    Like many who love Rhee and KIPP and these "Education, Inc." cliques, it seems that the comments here imply sports are evil, that they are antithetical to an academic environment, blah blah blah.

    Sports are key elements of young women's and men's educations. Touchy-feely, non-competitive PE programs don't do the job.

    So grow up. The people who care about sports programs care just as much about academic programs. The logic is simple: good extracurricular activities expose hidden talents and engage hard-to-reach kids, thereby enabling academic engagement and breakthroughs to occur.

    Rhee did not care about improving the dysfunction of DCPS sports. PERIOD.

  7. #7

    Who is suggesting that sports are evil? No one said or even implied that in these comments so far. I love scholastic sports think it is a very important part of learning. The state of DCPS sports is awful, as is the whole school system.

    But it has been for YEARS! Rhee is about as savvy politician as a bull in a china shop, but it's not like the cozy little system we've had has been working for the kids, has it?

    This is a BS article from McKenna that tries to pin on Rhee something that has been rotting for a long time. He's just knows that a Rhee-hating article gets page views. Has she improved the DCPS school sports yet? No. Should it have been her top priority given how broken the entire school system is? No.

    Stop worshiping at the altar of the teacher's union.

    Go Rhee!

  8. #8

    Poor, simple, Kevin wants to have a simple narrative where anyone who disagrees with him worships teachers unions. There was not a single mention of the union in any of the responses to what was written in support of Rhee. I know throwing teachers unions into your argument makes it easier for you, but please, let's deal with reality.

    This is the same old thing with Rhee supporters, they want to give her credit when they can show success, and what to blame others when there is failure. Bravo!

  9. #9

    Rhee also has failed to cure acne breakouts among DCPS students, so clearly she hates them.

  10. #10

    Who runs this media outlet and lets articles like this get published? I'm sure they will include this one in the front of the media kit when they try to find their next advertiser.

  11. #11

    Michelle Rhee for the U.S. Secretary of Education. All the garbage out...

  12. #12

    Guido, Kevin, Paul, et al: i like the venom level. but, please, stop being stooges. go take a look at DCPS athletics and get back to me. michelle rhee won't do ANYTHING to help out kids who want to play sports in this city. you want "devastating to the children," stooges? how about this: according to the DCIAA office, Michelle Rhee won't even make athletic director at the high schools a full time job! i'd love to hear you stooges explain that! my dealings with her office about DCPS sports -- from her bizarre 13th grade eligibility allowance to the Dunbar/Fort Hill racial allegations, have been the most maddening experiences of my professional life: honesty and accountability never seemed to matter. based on her behavior with EVERY DCPS athletics matter i've ever tried to get to the bottom of, i have no choice but to be sure she has no idea what she's doing. i live here, so i hope someday she'll prove me wrong, but for now i gotta go with what i know. and, really, somebody should tell her she's a public official. and Guido, did you just call me a "retard"? is that still allowed? hell yes, it's allowed...when you're PLAYING THE FEUD! heartfelt thanks to all the stooges...

  13. #13

    You have to be the worse columnist ever to be allowed to write a column. You had no problem attempting to impugn the reputation of people and organizations becaue you THINK the athletic programs ought to be better than they are. Why don't you let people try to get academics working then maybe they can work on running and jumping from the unemplyment line to college.

  14. #14

    Topryder1: maybe you don't care about sports, but show me a high school with a lousy sports program and i'll show you a lousy high school. the trickle down from michelle rhee's lack of support of DCPS sports is so "DEVASTATING TO THE CHILDREN OF DC," to use her wacky parlance, that even a stooge like you or Topryder2 could recognize it. Here's but one example: When Eastern high school had to forfeit its football season because there weren't enough kids on the team, that took away the opportunity for the marching band to march, it took away the chance for the cheerleaders to cheer, it took away the chance for the Eastern HS community to gather together on Fridays, and for alumni groups to hold fundraising events for other activities at Eastern, and, of course, it took away box office and concession revenues that pay for uniforms and equipment for other sports teams at the school that michelle rhee doesn't pay for. you ok with that, stooge? this ain't a matter of priorities, either, Topryder1; this is a willful pissing on DCPS sports. i remember going to the DCIAA basketball championship doubleheader at coolidge in 2009, the biggest sports night on the DCPS calendar, and michelle rhee was nowhere to be found. i read in the papers a couple days later in the gossip column that she was out of town that weekend attending an NBA basketball game with kevin johnson. you go look at the athletic offerings for students in michelle rhee's DCPS, Topryder1, and compare them to any other school district, and get back to me. if what you learn doesn't make your butt water, you don't give a damn about the kids in dc, either. until stooges like you stop accepting the horrible hand DCPS kids are dealt, DCPS is going to keep dealing it. but, as always, thanks for Playing the Feud!

  15. #15

    To the contrary Kevin, I absolutely DO NOT support the WTU or the ridiculous "teaching certifications" that are required to teach in DCPS. If someone w/out a teaching cert is good enough to teach at Sidwell or NCS, s/he is damn sure good enough for DCPS. So thank you for another inane, worthless assumption.

    DCPS athletics needed a lot of help when Rhee came in, and she had the ability and connections to fix them. Instead, DCPS sports offerings from K through 12 regressed horrifically. We lost a competent DCIAA AD because she refused to meet with him EVEN ONCE. Our current AD is a buffoon that was placed there because he is the type who is happy to take a fat check and keep his mouth shut.

    And as McKenna has pointed out in previous columns, many major professional league sports stars have come through DCIAA, from Manny Burriss (Wilson --> MLB) to Vernon Davis (Dunbar --> NFL). For every such notable, add numerous kids who got a college education because of the sporting prowess they afforded a college that was willing to take a chance on them.

    But while those student-athletes reached the college (or better) ranks via a mediocre DCPS sports system, the current crop have little hope because the situation is so much worse. There is little oversight of the coaches (many of whom are not full-time employees of DCPS), and opportunities to provide kids not only with talented coaches but, more importantly, talented mentors and college advisers have been missed.

    And don't think for a minute that this was a mess that couldn't be fixed. The solutions are simple, easy, and inexpensive.

  16. #16

    Aside from writing a pretty poor article in general, I think your facts are a little off...

    "The athletic programs at both schools are a mess"

    As an Anacostia coach, I urge you to take a look at the solid/exemplary seasons of the following teams last year:

    City runner up softball
    Baseball
    2nd in East Girls Basketball
    Boys basketball
    City champion cheerleaders
    East division champs girls track and field
    Girls track and field
    girls volleyball
    and one fledgling golfer who qualified for a tournament at Trump National

    Is the football team struggling, yep. But to call the athletics program "a mess" ... what kind of uninformed loser puts that kind of lie in print?

  17. #17

    Walter: are you really saying that it's wrong to use "mess" to describe an athletic program that DIDN'T HAVE A FOOTBALL TEAM READY FOR FOOTBALL SEASON? good god, man. hasn't anacostia been in as many Turkey Bowl games as any DCIAA school, and now you can't even field a team? that's not "struggling;" that's "not fielding a team." do any Northern Virginia public school kids deal with that, Walter? Do any MoCo public school kids deal with that? and how are those boys and girls soccer teams working out for kids at anacostia, walter? but you're ok with this secondary treatment of DC public school kids? for crissakes, if you really are a coach at anacostia, good on you, but you're a victim of this crap too. perhaps you guys survive better than others. but don't even come here trying to defend the situation in DCPS athletics, including Anacostia. even with your one golfer, "mess" isn't a strong enough word. if you're satisfied with the sports programs at anacostia, you're part of the problem.

  18. #18

    1.) A football team doesn't make up an athletics program... you seem to not realize that.

    2.) Is not fielding a team for game one embarrassing and abysmal? Yes, it is. But the football team doesn't make up the entire program.

    3.) Your comparison to Northern VA and MoCo is irrelevant. No they don't do that, but your point wasn't that Anacostia and Coolidge pale in comparison to those districts. Your point was that both programs are a "mess"... when in fact the "program" was as good as it's been even in the glory years, with the exception of football.

    4.) To single out the absence of soccer teams is fallacious... but beyond that, how were those soccer teams working out in those Turkey Bowl years? Even in the "glory days" there was no soccer... thus is the plight of many urban athletics programs across the nation... did I mention that it was fallacious? and doesn't at all support your "mess" theory?

    5.) I'm not OK with the secondary treatment of DCPS kids... that's the reason I came to DCPS. And I'm the first to say that they're getting the short end of the stick, in terms of athletics and academics.

    6.) I know I'm a victim of "this crap" too... I realize that every day when I walk through the gym doors. No argument there.

    7.) We do survive better than others... we were given rocks and we made lemonade... with the exception of the football team. To call the entire program a mess is just bad journalism.

    8.) I didn't defend the situation in DCPS athletics... I think it's horrible. In fact, I didn't come close to defending the situation in DCPS athletics. Moreover, I didn't even come close to defending the situation. I'm the first to admit that it's beyond subpar.

    9.) I'm very satisfied with the sports program. I wish the football team didn't have the problems it has, but for a program to produce the results we did last year with the problems we faced is outstanding. Did we perform as well at the programs in the districts you mentioned? No. But that's a larger problem with DCPS athletics being in the dumps.

    Bottom line: We we're dealt rocks and we made lemonade, and as much as you'd like to believe it, a football team, no matter how bad, does not make up an entire program! If you can't realize that and see your flawed logic, then you're more of a mess than DCPS athletics, sir.

  19. #19

    You seem to keep erratically jumping from points that show that DCPS athletics sucks and points that show that DCPS athletics don't compare to other districts... both of which I don't dispute and actually agree with.

    But neither of those points shows how Anacostia athletics is a mess. Compare the program as a whole to other programs at schools similar to Anacostia (you know, that whole apples to apples thing). Any of that other crap you're talking about is an indictment on the troubles of DCPS athletics, not the program at Anacostia. The athletics deparment getting the best results possible out of a school that struggles to get enrollment numbers and keep kids in the building on a consistent basis.

    That's no excuse, that just being real.

    Lastly, don't you ever imply that I'm part of the problem when I've dedicated everything I have to being a part of the solution. To that end, I can GUARANTEE you that I have several students that can a.) put together arguments better than you, and b.) express those arguments in writing that is far better than this "mess" you've written.

  20. #20

    walter: after reading your second and third posts, i feel stronger than ever that:
    1)i can't make my argument that DCPS and anacostia athletics are a mess as well as you make my argument that DCPS and anacostia athletics are a mess, and
    2)you are part of the problem

  21. #21

    Right, just like when my students feel cornered or out-witted, they resort to statement that have nothing to do with the argument at hand...

    Aside from you blasting off about the football team, you have presented not one shred of evidence that the entire program is a mess. And you certainly can't find a shred of evidence that supports the twisted notion of me being part of the problem.

    But I get it. You write shitty articles that evoke responses, then proceed to argue with and insult those who comment, and people keep coming back for more. It's like Glenn Beck or bad reality TV, people just keep coming back. Disappointed that I fell into the trap.

    FYI: Real journalists don't make baseless claims, and real journalists don't insult or interact with readers the way you have here (even when they're insulted). Read something posted by a real journalist and you might realize that.

    You're pathetic.

  22. #22

    Referee stops contest. drag him out, boys...but thanks for Playing the Feud, Walter.

  23. truthsayerDCparent
    #23

    We do need to educate ourselves about
    the LACK of
    athletic & sports opportunities
    for female students in DCPS,
    and the neglected athletics programs overall:

    significant info. from previous article
    by Dave McKenna ---

    ............incredibly serious problems with the athletic programs at Coolidge, specifically, and throughout Rhee's DCPS. Randolph or no, female students at the school and all over this city have criminally few athletic opportunities compared to girls at D.C.'s private schools or public schools in surrounding jurisdictions. If it weren't for volleyball, in fact, at Coolidge the girls would have just about no athletic opportunities this fall. Randolph, who grew up in the area, went to a private high school a couple miles south of Coolidge when she was a kid. That school has varsity and JV soccer teams, field hockey teams, lacrosse teams, and cross country teams for girls. Coolidge has none of those."...............

    => http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/citydesk/2010/08/27/is-michelle-rhee-using-natalie-randolph-to-make-it-look-like-she-cares-about-girls-in-sports/

  24. #24

    Mckenna

    TRUTH needs no explanation, nor EXCUSES and WALTER and the others have alot of them!

  25. #25

    McKenna is the CP's sports writer. Should it be any surprise that he views the success of any school through the lens of sports? And people who care primarily about high school sports probably actually care.
    Hey, while we're at it, why not have the CP arts editor comment on how many Ellington students get placement at Juilliard, and the CP food critic to weigh in on our local hospitality trade schools?

  26. #26

    YO MCKENNA FUCK 'EM!!! CONTINUE TO SHED LIGHT ON THIS SUBJECT BECAUSE NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT IT.

    YOU ARE ON TOTALLY ON POINT WITH YOUR ASSESMENT AND THE TRICKLE DOWN AND AROUND EFFECT OF ATHELTICS IN DCPS. ALL THE FOLKS ATTACKING YOU ARE EITHER RHEE SUPPORTERS OR NEVER PLAYED SPORTS IN HIGH SCHOOL!

    AS A DUNBAR HS GRAD WITHOUT FOOTBALL I WOULD HAVE PROB DROPPED OUT. IM SURE A LOT OF THE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WHO GAVE UP ON THEIR EDUCATION WOULD HAVE AT THE VERY LEAST GIVEN MORE EFFORT IF THEY HAVE MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN DIFFERENT FORMS OF ATHLETICS.

    TO NOT HAVE A FULL TIME ATHLETIC DIRECTOR IS A TRAVESTY FOR A MAJOR METROPOLITAN CITY THAT IS FULL OF TALENT IN ALL AREAS OF ATHLETICS. IT'S NO SECRET THAT A LOT OF COLLEGE DOORS OPEN TO YOUNG BLACK FOLK IS THROUGH SPORTS. WHICK GIVES THEM AN EXTRA INCENTIVE TO WORK EVEN HARDER IN THE CLASSROOM.

    AND WALTER MR. MCKENNA IS RIGHT! ANACOSTIA IS A MESS.

  27. #27

    Noodlez you know nothing about Anacostia, your opinion on the matter is worth nothing.

    Furthermore, the shit you're saying McKenna is right about is mostly stuff that nobody, including the posters here, disagree with.

    Idiot.

  28. #28

    Dave was going in. LOL!!! Ray Charles can see that DC high school sports are a mess. The one thing Rhee could have done well was to hire a good AD for the school system's sports programs.

    There are lessons that can be learned from sports in general and you can do things like other improving school systems have done like put a mandatory study hall between school and practice.

    But Dave, I think that you should dig deeper. I had no idea all this was going on. [Plus I want to see the fireworks again]

  29. #29

    EXCUSE MS. WALTER I AM A GENTLEMAN AND A SCHOLAR.

    WHICH MEANS I DONT BEAT UP ON OR ATTACK THE GENDER OF FEMALE PERSUASION. SO CONSIDER YOURSELF LUCKY THIS TIME BECAUSE NEXT TIME I WONT BE SO GENTLEMANLY.

    ANYTIME A HIGH SCHOOL ADMIN THAT IS NEW TO THE AREA PUSHES OUT A PILLAR OF THE COMMUNITY BASICALLY WITHOUT CAUSE THAT COULD HAVE HELPED ESTABLISHED TRUST AND CONFIDENCE IN THE NEW HIGH SCHOOL ADMIN LET ALONE HELP FIELD A DECENT FOOTBALL TEAM THE ONLY THING THAT WILL BE LEFT BEHIND IS A MESS!!

  30. #30

    Scholars can put together coherent sentences. Of the 13 sentences you've posted, only 3 are without structural or grammatical errors. Your writing and grammar are a mess.

    Anyway...

    Would we be in better shape if Stew was still here? Yes.

    Did we lose a pillar of the community? Yes.

    Should he have gone? Depends on who you ask.

    But once again, a football team doesn't make up an entire athletics program, period. Football is 1 of 11 sports we have here at Anacostia (that's less than 10%, in case your math is as bad as your writing), 8 of which we're very competitive in, 3 of which we're champions in...

    WTF do you know about Anacostia Athletics beyond the dumb shit you're regurgitating from McKenna? You know nothing other than the very obvious woes of the football team, so you're just blowing hot air.

    Idiot.

  31. #31

    SEE JUST LIKE A BITCH JUST DONT KNOW WHEN TO SHUT THE FUCK UP!

    MUTHA FUCKA FROM ALL YOUR STATS I OBVIOUS KNOW JUST ABOUT AS MUCH AS YOU DO AND SINCE IM NOT GETTING GRADED OR PAID ON MY COMMENTS I DONT GIVE A FUCK ABOUT STRUCTURE, GRAMMATICAL ERRORS OR PUNCTUATION!

    EVEN THOUGH MASTERBATION HAVE THE SAME RESULT IT STILL DOESNT REPLACE SEXUAL INTERCOURSE. ALL THOSE FAKE ACCOLADES AND CHAMPIONSHIPS YOU LISTED DONT COUNT FOR SHIT IF YOU ARE NOT GOING UP AGAINST COMPETITIVE SCHOOLS, ATHELTIC PROGRAM AND ATHLETES. SO UNTIL THE INDIANS CAN BRING BACK THEIR WAR CHANT AND REP THE EAST LIKE MOST FOLK KNOW THEY CAN TAKE YOUR WACK ASS BACK TO WHEREEVA THE FUCK YOU CAME FROM AND STAY OUTTA GROWN FOLK BIZNASS!

    BESIDES I RATHER BLOW A LOT OF HOT AIR THAN TO BLOW A LOT OF DICKS WHICH IS OBVIOUSLY YOUR BAILIWICK! GUMP.

  32. #32

    It speaks volums on some of these racist comments about Ms. Rhee, she is the best thing that ever happen to this city! It also shows that you dumb ass bigots don't want to have your STUPID KIDS educated, just like yourselves, instead you have the mentallity that you have, that it's cool to be stupid and suck on the tit of the Federal and DC government ALL OF YOUR MISRABLE LIVES!

  33. #33

    Well it's very clear, noodlez, that you're not very well equipped for a battle of wits and/or intellect... but if we're tossing insults, you're unmatched. Again, you don't know what the fuck you're talking about, so the only leg you have to stand on is to talk shit. You're like the kid who never made the sports team but who always bragged about how they could beat somebody's ass. Very impressive. You're comments are akin (go ahead, look it up) to those of an angry middle schooler.

    And no, you're not getting graded or paid (I question whether a guy with the smarts of a doorknob gets paid for anything), but you DID say you're a gentleman and a SCHOLAR. Really? lol.

    Fucking idiot.

  34. #34

    Dave,

    I'm nobody's stooge. Your value system is seriously twisted and your anemic attempts to retrospectively justify your myopic and misguided opinions are pathetic.

    Grow up, you moron.

  35. #35

    Proof McKenna is a pinhead.

    "Topryder1: maybe you don't care about sports, but show me a high school with a lousy sports program and i'll show you a lousy high school."

    Thomas Jefferson High School, ranked #1 by U.S. News and World Report.

    Football Record for 2010: 0 - 5
    2 Sep lost 41-0
    10 Sep lost 39-7
    16 Sep lost 24-7
    24 Sep lost 49-0
    01 Oct lost 35-21

    Now, go back to blowin' up footballs, you moron and leave education to those with a brain on their shoulders...

  36. #36

    SLIM I'VE BATTLED WITH THE BEST OF 'EM! I STOOD CORRECTED AND TOOK MY LUMPS LIKE A MAN AND I'VE ALSO WON A FEW DEBATES AND CHANGED A FEW OUTLOOKS AS WELL WITH MY POINTS OF VIEW.

    I DONT NEED YOU OR YOUR JOHNNY COME LATELY BULLSHIT TO TELL ME ABOUT INTERHIGH SPORTS! AS A NATIVE WASHINGTONIAN AND LIFELONG HIGH SCHOOLS SPORTS FAN I'VE FORGOTTEN MORE ABOUT INTERHIGH SPORTS THAN YOU PROBABLY WILL EVER COME TO KNOW.

    YO BAMMA ASS I PLAYED HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS AS MATTER OF FACT. I PLAYED AGAINST ANACOSTIA @ RFK IN CITY TITLE GAME IN NOV 1983. IM STILL PISSED AT COACH STEW FOR CALLING THAT CRACKBACK AGAINST ME HOWEVA REAL RECOGNIZE REAL AND RIGHT NOW YOU ARE ABOUT AS FAKE AS THEY COME!

  37. #37

    Noodlez,

    We can all tell you're an ignorant jock by the fact you find it necessary to type in all caps.

  38. #38

    I didn't know it was story time, thanks for that. It's nice to know you still have such vivid memories of that 30-6 loss in 1983.

    Hey, why don't you tell us how you did in English class? Are there any post-secondary accolades you want to brag about? Do you know what post-secondary means?

    I didn't post here to tell you about interhigh sports, so in addition to the fact that your words are poorly written and illogical, they're also off topic. In fact, you're actually the one who decided to tell me something about interhigh sports: "AND WALTER MR. MCKENNA IS RIGHT! ANACOSTIA IS A MESS." What makes it worse is that you tried to tell me about something you know nothing about. How about you contribute meaningfully to the discussion, or at the very least substantiate (do you know what that means?) some of your claims.

    Imbecile.

  39. #39

    Guido says "i'm nobody's stooge!"

    actually, Guido, you've just been elevated to Super Stooge! you really picked Thomas Jefferson as a model of a school with a lousy sports program? here's the sports offerings at TJ this year, you dumbass: Varsity Baseball,JV Baseball,Boys Varsity Basketball, Girls Varsity Basketball, Girls JV Basketball, Boys JV Basketball, Freshman Basketball, Girls Freshman Basketball, Boys Varsity Crew, Girls Varsity Crew, CoEd Varsity Cross Country,Varsity Field Hockey, JV Field Hockey, Varsity Football,JV Football, Freshman Football, CoEd Varsity Golf, Girls Varsity Gymnastics, Girls JV Gymnastics, Co-Ed Varsity Indoor Track, Co-Ed JV Indoor Track, Girls Varsity Lacrosse, Boys Varsity Lacrosse, Boys JV Lacrosse,Girls JV Lacrosse, Girls Varsity Soccer, Boys Varsity Soccer, Boys JV Soccer,Girls JV Soccer, Girls Varsity Softball, Girls JV Softball, Co--Ed Varsity Swim & Dive, Boys Varsity Tennis, Girls Varsity Tennis, CoEd Varsity Track & Field, CoEd JV Track & Field, Girls Varsity Volleyball, Girls JV Volleyball, Girls Freshman Volleyball, Varsity Wrestling, JV Wrestling.

    Why don't you provide us all with a roster of the sports available to students at Anacostia and Coolidge and all other schools under Michelle Rhee's chancellerdom, Guido?

    By my count, Jefferson has about 80 percent more sports teams than at Coolidge and Anacostia. And Jefferson is a public school, Guido, just like Anacostia and Coolidge and all of the DCIAA schools that Rhee lords over that have lousy sports programs.

    Are you not bothered by that? Do you not regard this as a "Tragedy for the children of DC," Guido? How come you're ok with secondary treatment for DC public school students, Guido? oh, wait! I know! Because YOU'RE A STOOGE!

    The point of accentuating Michelle Rhee's role in the Coolidge/Anacostia matchup isn't that those schools' football teams suck -- half the teams in DCIAA could be winless in ANY other local district, despite amazing amounts of athletic talent in the city. The significance is that there is plenty of evidence at both schools how Rhee has turned her back on athletics. She handed over control of both these schools to groups outside DCPS, and, at Anacostia, that administration couldn't even field a football team to begin the season. Jefferson's team is losing now, but, by god, they put a team on the field! And at Coolidge, the group Rhee handed the school to hired an underqualified coach just to get on magazine covers. I don't blame Natalie Randolph for any of this, and I wish her well, but she didn't deserve the job.

    How can you defend the situation with athletics in DCPS, Guido? Oh, wait! I know! Stop being a stooge, Guido.

    But thanks for Playing the Feud!

  40. #40

    WALTER, YOUR BULLSHIT ASS ATTEMPTS TO GET ONE UP ON ME IS BECOMING QUITE SAD. I SEE I GRADUATED FROM IDIOT, TO FUCKING IDIOT ALL THE WAY TO IMBECILE. THANK YOU FOR THE ACCOLADES! YOUR NAME CALLING JUST LET ME KNOW THAT YOU ARE TOUCHED BY MY POSTS OR MAYBE YOU ARE JUST TOUCHED IN THAT SPECIAL KIND OF WAY.

    UNFORTUNATELY, YOUR QUEST MUST END HERE. YOUR POINTS ARE WEAK AND VAIN JUST LIKE SOMEONE OF THE THIRD SEXUALITY CHAIN. I WOULD QUIBBLE WITH YOU BUT YOU NOT ARE NOT WORTHY OF MY INTELLECT. LIKE I SAID "ANACOSTIA IS A MESS" AND YOU THRU YOUR LACK OF UNDERSTANDING OF ALL THINGS HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS YOU HAVE YET TO PROVE THAT IT ISNT. THAT CRAP YOU LISTED ABOUT CHAMPIONSHIP ACHIEVEMENTS ARE EQUIVALENT TO MY DAUGHTERS CHEER SQUAD WHERE NO ONE LOSES AND EVERYONE PLACES. OOHHH WOW THEY WON SOMETHING. YEAH RIGHT.

    HOW ABOUT YOU CONTRUBUTE MEANINGFUL INFO TO THE DISCUSSION AND TRY TO MAKE POINTS BEFORE YOU START INJECTING FAKE ASS ZINGERS THAT HAVE NO PLACE IN THIS DISCUSSION. DCPS ATHLETICS ARE A MESS AND ANACOSTIA'S FALL FROM GRACE IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF THAT.

    SO SHUT THE FUCK UP, STOP GRADING MY POSTS AND GRAB A WHISTLE AND COACH A STUDENT UP.

    MR MCKENNA YOU ARE RIGHT ANACOSTIA IS A REAL MESS ESPECIALLY WITH FOLK LIKE MR WALTER IN THE FOLD!

  41. #41

    Noodlez,

    Nobody's trying to one up you, you're so fucking low on the intellectual food chain that I don't need to one up you. I'm just calling it like it is.

    And what intellect are you referring to? You can't fucking write basic sentences that make sense! First you're a scholar, now you're an intellectual? Ha!

    But I do think it's so cute that you're ramping up your efforts to sound remotely intelligent. How long did it take you to come up with "quibble?" Unfortunately, some of your newfound intellect is borrowed: maybe you came up with the word "accolades" on your own, but probably not considering that I just used it. But this is even more hilarious: "HOW ABOUT YOU CONTRUBUTE MEANINGFUL INFO TO THE DISCUSSION" which was written right after I said "How about you contribute meaningfully to the discussion." Impressive.

    Again, dumbass, nobody is arguing with the fact that DCPS athletics are a mess. I agree, and have agreed. You're preaching to the choir. But that doesn't mean all of its programs are a mess. That's like saying because DCPS is a mess academically, all of its schools, classes, and students are a mess too. That's just not true.

    My parting words: "If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them." ~Orwell

    Do you know who Orwell is? lol.

    You, sir, are the living embodiment of this quote. You cannot write well. And it is painfully obvious that you can't think well, so you let others (like McKenna) do your thinking for you. You haven't contributed one solid, evidence backed, idea to this discussion.

    Go read a book, you stupid fuck.

    I'm done.

  42. #42

    WALTER, you are a clown!! PERIOD!

    "Would we be in better shape if Stew was still here? Yes.

    Did we lose a pillar of the community? Yes.

    Should he have gone? Depends on who you ask.

    But once again, a football team doesn't make up an entire athletics program, period."

    WITH THIS STATED, these are exactly why people like you have no business having a voice! Out of your 3 multiple choices, of which the 2 most important outweigh the latter, are EXTREME reasons as to why DC is chopped and screwed! "Outsiders" are basing life and generation altering decisions on chance, bullshit stats and test tube scientology! GTFOH with that bullshit and allow grown folk to do what they do!

    As for MANGEY ASS RICK, what the hell are you doing in a sports thread??? when your idea of a competitive sport is greasing up GERBALS and letting them run amuck in your rectum.....picture dat!

  43. Dr. Ian Roberts, principal at the Academies at Anacostia
    #43

    Dave McKenna’s article on Coolidge and Anacostia High Schools is ill-informed and ill-judged.

    First, Friendship Public Charter School manages the Academies at Anacostia—as Anacostia High School is now called—in partnership with D.C. Public Schools.

    Second, far from treating girl athletes like they do not exist, Anacostia has an excellent girls volleyball team, which defeated McKinley High School as recently as last week and is now tied for first place in the city.

    Third, whatever the successes of Anacostia’s football team “twenty years ago,” Mr. McKenna does his readers a disservice by failing to inform them of the sad decline of the school in the years since then. The reason the Schools Chancellor partnered with Friendship at Anacostia in September 2009 were the failures that gave Anacostia a citywide reputation as the worst high school for student academics and safety.

    This means new rules are in place. We did cancel a football game due to players not turning in their enrollment paperwork, medical records and having GPA issues. Unlike previous years, ineligible players are no longer allowed to play.

    Restoring order and academic achievement to the school are Friendship’s top priorities. Anacostia’s high school graduation rate is up to 79% from 56% the year before the partnership. Last school year some 95 percent of graduating students received college-acceptance letters. School attendance, which was estimated at about 50 percent, is now at about 70 percent—79 percent for 9th and 10th graders.

    Providing a safe environment and a quality public education come first but boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball and boys and girls indoor track and field will begin later this fall and spring. After decades of decline, Anacostia is coming back.

  44. #44

    Ian Roberts: At least one thing about my blog post wasn't ill-informed: Anacostia didn't have a football team ready for football season. That sort of embarrassment stains the whole school, and doesn't happen to kids in Northern Virginia or Maryland. Only DCPS kids. I wish you luck in getting to a point where your students have the same athletic opportunities that students everywhere else in the area get, Mr. Roberts, and I know that's a huge job.

    But you're nowhere near that now. And for you, the principal of the school, to come here and act like not fielding a football team at the beginning of this season is a badge of honor for the Anacostia administration, and to try to blame the kids ("new rules are in place," "players not turning in their enrollment papers," blah blah) for this massive embarrassment to your school and this whole city, is absolutely shameless. I'm appalled.

    These forfeits don't happen outside DC. Yet they're all over DCIAA. Why is that, Mr. Roberts? I was told by the DCIAA office recently that DCPS schools don't have full time athletic directors. I don't know what Anacostia's present administrative situation is, and I'm sure there's some dark purpose in keeping information about your school and all DCPS schools so hard to find compared to all other surrounding school districts. But if you're operating without a full time AD, please don't blame the students when the administrative stuff doesn't get done. Just don't.

    Who's in charge, again? Where's the buck stop, Mr. Roberts?

  45. #45

    Hey Dave,

    Blow up some more footballs, you ignorant jack ass...

  46. #46

    Hey Dave,

    Tell us, what does Vince Gray's dick taste like?

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