The Pride of Pelto: The Blogger’s Hubris is Just Plain Sad

Jon Pelto knows better than you. He must — after all, he seems to know better than just about everybody.

Pelto, in his latest blind, flailing, ego-driven attack, takes aim at the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) along with some other organizations.

He lists them: The Connecticut Council on Education Reform, the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, the Connecticut Association of Schools, the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, the Connecticut Association of Public School Principals and ConnCAN.

In Pelto’s world, those organizations, CAPSS included, shouldn’t have been working with Connecticut’s governor to bring about real change in the state’s struggling education system. In Pelto’s world, Connecticut should not have gone along with 45 other U.S. states in adopting Common Core State Standards.

Pelto seems to think he knows better than the educators, data analysts, advocates, parents and education specialists who comprise those organizations.

Why? What experience gives Pelto this specialized knowledge?

Well, he was a state legislator back in the late ’80s and early ’90s. That, and, um, well … that’s it.

There’s a term for that: “Hubris.” Defined as “excessive pride,” hubris is what brought Narcissus to a nasty end in Greek mythology.

Like Narcissus, Pelto is far too much in love with his own image of the world. The difference is that the enraged blogger Pelto will help bring Connecticut’s kids to a tragic end, while he sits safely in his ivory tower.

What do you think?

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