Like a lot of illustrations I do for education sociologist Mark Garrison, this one draws on my political cartooning skills, as much as my caricature and illustration skills. The focus of Mark’s article, Infaming the Public, Part IV: Public Self-Consciousness and Assessment for Democratic Renewal is much broader than this cartoon would imply, but draws upon his discussion of the public – parents, teachers, students – fighting back against top-down imposition of the Common Core Standards. Michelle Rhee has become the poster child of the school reform movement; as such she has made herself an excellent target for satire. That broom she wields was prominent on her TIME magazine cover.

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