Monday, June 22, 2009

LAPU's Ben Austin Creating Hysteria Again

Hired gun Ben Austin is out creating straw men again. In his latest diatribe against our hard working teachers [1], he mocks LAUSD and UTLA by insinuating that they somehow harbor "child molester teachers." These vile and unsubstantiated statements are used to segue into his pitch for his Corporate Revolution er, Parent Counterrevolution. In Ben Austin's fantasy world, Green Dot, unlike any other private corporation on earth, will somehow be accountable to our communities. That's why they pay him top dollar, to attempt to provide a liberal veneer to a reactionary corporate organization.

Since Green Dot's, I mean, LAPU's, I mean the Parent Counterrevolution's well paid staffers delete uncomplimentary comments on their astroturf blog in a timely fashion, I thought it fair to reproduce my response to Mr. Austin's disgusting piece.

Given that "child molester teachers" would be in prison if such accusations were true, Mr. Austin's rhetorical gimmickry here is proof of his mastery of the his barrister craft. What Mr. Austin really wants here is for the district to fire teachers for unproven allegations. Given his penchant for union busting, this isn't any surprise.

Your "Billionaires' Revolution," so named because your sponsors Eli Broad and William Gates are hardly advocates of progressive education or social equality, is no revolution at all. It is merely a continuation of the reactionary neo-liberal privatization of public services.

Mr. Austin if you were really an advocate for parents and students, then where were you when our communities were making a stand against Cortines' vicious budget cuts? I didn't see you at any of the rallies, camp-outs, protests, or marches. You must have been at your Beverly Hills bungalow, counting your ill earned gains (our tax dollars), that Mr. Barr pays you.

Revolutionary indeed!

[1] http://www.parentrevolution.org/index.php/blog/entry/news_flash/
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2 comments:

rdsathene said...

Astroturf organization Los Angeles Parents Union's Gabe Rose wrote a short blog praising Obama's backwards views on education. Here is the response I posted:

The Obama administration supports further neoliberal cuts to education as evidenced by his selection of the reactionary pro-corporate Arne Duncan for Secretary of Education. Privitization has brought nothing but suffering to every public sector it has been applied to, and here you are advocating it for public education. Since there isn't a single person at Green-Dot or the Parent Counterrevolution who holds a degree in education, this might be somewhat eye opening. I know the ink is still drying on your degree, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't educate yourself on what you're cheereading here. I'd tell you to pass these on to your bosses, but their just businessmen and lawyers, hardly interested in education articles. Here are some places for you to start.

Arne Duncan and the Chicago Success Story: Myth or Reality?
by Jitu Brown, Eric (Rico) Gutstein, and Pauline Lipman
http://www.rethinkingschools.org/archive/23_03/arne233.shtml

The big enchilada
by famed education expert Jonathan Kozol
http://www.harpers.org/archive/2007/08/0081606

Charter schools and the attack on public education
by educator and activist Sarah Knopp
http://isreview.org/issues/62/feat-charterschools.shtml

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