I stumbled upon the commentary below after reading, and opining about, a reblogged post at Larry Cuban’s site. 
I repost this commentary as I believe Stephen, the commenter, speaks truthfully about the ignorance embodied in bureaucracy as well as the disdain it evokes (as a coping mechanism) in the very people who wish to lend their lives in the name of public service. Bureaucracy run amok ultimately perpetuates the havoc wreaked upon students in public school environments, especially in schools generally unfit for learning anything aside from how to survive in their hostile situations irrespective of the significant efforts of thoughtful, caring teachers and administrators.
In my brief time teaching, I have run across similar situations, of much lower intensity, yet similar enough for me to identify with what Stephen writes.
It truly is a shame that the Stephen’s of our teaching profession continue to experience these situations. So much must be improved in public education if we expect student outcomes in underserved districts and schools to change in any healthy, sustainable fashion. Sadly as a nation, we are not improving the education of our populace in the degree and fashion needed to sustain healthy society over the long-term. This must change.
A comment made by CA Maestra to my recent post Brothers from Another Mother: Management Fads and Educational Policies included a link to a YouTube video that lampoons what some call a fad, while others are dead serious about the theory and its application. Its name? Differentiated Instruction.
For what it is worth, I found the tongue-in-cheek video to be hilarious. If you cannot laugh at yourself, and your predicament, then you miss out on the joy of living, and may have resigned yourself to the utter futility of it all; no one wins in that situation. While there are definite needs for, and benefits to, differentiated instruction, its trite use by so many dilutes its value, and undermines the need it was designed to serve. Like all political humor, there is bitter truth wrapped in a comedic croissant. Peel back the layers and understand the basis for the humor, and true justice may be served as (most) experienced teachers know best whether it is feasible or not to apply [fill in the blank] teaching theory in their classroom with their students given the unique circumstances of each.
Watch the video and let me know your thoughts. Please keep comments clean and productive.