Actually, his apology is addressed to university professors:
> Please do not blame those of us in public schools for how unprepared for higher education the students arriving at your institutions are. We have very little say in what is happening to public education. Even the most distinguished and honored among us have trouble getting our voices heard in the discussion about educational policy. The National Teacher of the Year is supposed to be the representative of America’s teachers—if he or she cannot get teachers’ voices included, imagine how difficult it is for the rest of us. That is why, if you have not seen it, I strongly urge you to read 2009 National Teacher of the Year Anthony Mullen’s famous blog post, “Teachers Should Be Seen and Not Heard.”
The column is great not because it’s an apology but because he gets right to the heart of what is wrong with the current test-centered, everything-is-a-metric mindset that dominates education at all levels — and right when businesses, the smart businesses, are saying they want synthetic, intuitive workers.