Debra J. Saunders

One day, a liberal colleague challenged Poizner: "Are you doing it for the students?"

Good question. Poizner ran for the Assembly (and lost) after his semester teaching. It seems obvious that he was aiming at even higher office when he showed up at Mount Pleasant High.

Or as Marquez put it, "I think he exploited us."

I'd argue that Marquez and others exploited students by telling them that Poizner belittled them -- when he didn't.

Besides, if Marquez is right, all students should be so used. Waaah. Instead of just bashing public schools, a multimillionaire go-getter parachuted into a classroom to try to learn about the system and its problems by helping students.

Well, they showed him.

Debra J. Saunders

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