At the parent meeting last Wednesday at the Isaac E. Young School, Larraine Karl, a New Rochelle resident went to the podium to ask Mr. Bongo about his qualifications to be the Principal of the school. Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak interrupted the speaker, refusing to let Bongo answer the question, and responded saying that Bongo met the same qualifications of any other principal in New York State and in the district.
Not satisfied with that answer, Bongo, who has largely been kept under wraps by Organisciak since the Jose Martinez scandal was first reported here on Talk of the Sound, gave an answer anyway. He would have better off taking Organisciak’s lead and clamming up.
Bongo stated that he received an undergraduate degree from Iona College, a Master’s Degree from the College of New Rochelle and was working on his doctorate at Columbia University. District employees working for Bongo at Isaac E. Young Middle School, all of whom had been by Bongo to show up at the parent meeting to support him, gave a rousing cheer for their man Bongo.
Bongo failed to mention that it took him eight years to obtain his undergraduate degree after bouncing in and out of college and that he first enrolled in the doctoral program at Columbia University’s Teachers College fifteen years ago and was no longer a candidate in “good standing” at the school. Bongo began at “TC” in 1996 and is not currently enrolled in any classes, as is required each semester. Bongo’s answer was misleading and duplicitous.
When Bongo began his 15 year journey toward his “doctorate” Bill Clinton was still in his first term, Motorola had just introduced the StarTac cell phone, the Macarena was the Number 1 song and Derek Jeter was in his rookie year.
More than 5 years towards any degree is pushing it. A “research” doctorate such as a Doctorate of Education should normally take 4-5 years. 15 years is beyond absurd.
It totally depends on the actual degree and school but you can assume between three and five years as a general guideline. Medical degrees may take longer due to the internship and residency requirements. Another factor that may effect the time in school is whether or not you already have a master’s degree. I would suggest you check out the websites for the schools you’re thinking about attending or even calling their admissions office directly.
In the United States, “first professional (doctoral) degrees” (eg MD/ DO; DDS/ DDM; DPM; DPharm; JD; DVM; OD etc) are different from academic research doctorates (the PhD or equivalent – EdD; DA etc)…Academic research doctorates are usually earned after at least 4-5 years in Graduate School: qualifying courses & exams have to be taken & passed en route, & final assessment is based on successful submission of a dissertation or “thesis”; a substantial piece of research, fit for publication, which makes an original contribution to knowledge/ understanding or interpretation of the subject researched.
When Bongo was first hired he touted to Linda Kelly how he was working towards his doctorate at Columbia. He has been touting it ever since. It is time for this Bongo Doctorate charade to end. The guy has a Master’s Degree from the College of New Rochelle and some sort of coursework at Columbia or as most people say “he has a master’s degree” which is the minimum qualification for his position.