The next two weeks culminates Hanna Skandera’s hubris as perfectly as John Huston distills Sam Spade’s in “The Maltese Falcon” (1941). Just as Bogey receiving “the Bird” from a dying guy reveals his own true greed, the PARCC/EOC (not to mention AP) Testing nexus shows NM PED Secretary Skandera’s. She’s gotta have that Bird.
And, as Mary Astor says in my single favorite line from a singularly fabulous film, “Sam, you’re hurting me.”
Unfortunately, that line isn’t quite as famous as some other Sam Spade quips and I can’t find the precise clip. Until I do, take the following, or, better yet, just see the whole film. PARCC is “the Bird” and “experts” are killing children’s imaginations to get it.