Another day, another Linda Sink story in the Journal. A commenter has beaten me to it this morning, but Zsombor Peter has a profile of “Interim” Superintendent Sink that is supposed to be one of those “on the one hand everybody thinks she is great, but on the other hand some people think she isn’t great” stories that ends up being a one-sided early Valentine Day card.
Lest (and yeah, I can’t get enough of words like “lest”) anybody think me completely negative toward Ms. Sink and the idea of her taking over APS “permanently”, I’m still on the fence on that one. I also realize that whatever you do you’re going to piss off somebody, so reading that some parents didn’t like Sink’s style at Albuquerque High has no impact on me. It would be scarier if she didn’t piss anybody off while Principal, as that would be a sure sign she didn’t do anything.
Still, the Journal is good for an eye roll or two, especially the “praising with faint criticism” angle. Example:
But Sink’s time at Albuquerque High was not without challenges. In 2004, some parents spoke out against her toughened tardiness policies, calling them too harsh.
Well Sink has definitely lost the powerful Pro-Tardy lobby now…
The upshot of these stories is that they conform to the thinking that it’s Sink’s job to lose and she’s working the media to make sure that doesn’t happen. They also tend to confirm the, possibly erroneous, view of locals that the media here needs to work on its “on the one hand everybody thinks she is great, but on the other hand some people think she isn’t great” story prowess.
Or maybe Linda Sink is just great and we need to throw in the hiring process towel and just appoint her to the position for life. I really don’t know. On the off chance there are other qualified candidates for the job, I’d sure like to see a series of similar profiles published in the Journal about them when the time comes. Maybe with a smidge better balance of the “one hand/other hand” scales.