Thursday, January 19, 2012

Schools Matter: On Huffington Post censorship and Parent Revolution puff pieces

These myths falsely portrayed desegregation's failures as the product of autonomous individual choice. Meanwhile, these myths obscured inequalities in desegregation. A new, but parallel, kind of mythmaking about choice is underway in today's charter school efforts. — Ansley T. Erickson

The foppish millionaire from Benedict Canyon, school privatization pusher and poverty pimp Ben AustinI take on Huffington Post censorship and charter charlatan Ben Austin's unconscionable gall to compare educators to billionaire bankers and Near East dictators, while casting his charter school public relations outfit as one of the occupy movements in my latest Schools Matter piece: On Huffington Post censorship and Parent Revolution puff pieces.

Most importantly we look at Parent Revolution's afintiy groups on the fringe right, including The Heartland Institute. Here's an excerpt of one of my quotes:

Parent Revolution's sister organization, the racist reactionaries at The Heartland Institute, hail Austin's "trigger" thusly: "This might just be the most powerful education reform policy since Milton Friedman advocated the school voucher. Begun in California, the Parent Trigger allows a majority of parents to petition to have their local school reorganized or transformed into a charter, or even to receive vouchers to choose private schools."

When organizations ideologically right of the teabaggers cheerlead your policies and compare your agenda to that of arch-reactionary Milton Friedman, you can be sure it has nothing to do with putting "kids-first."

Published 2012-01-03 on Schools Matter, please read it there and share widely.



Anonymous said...

I, was thrown off Huffington Post for daring to say that the parents of a Trans-gendered child who was 'accepted' by Girl Scouts had an agenda that THEY forced upon the Girl Scouts and their 7year old boy!
I am a paid AOL subscriber who at the least would have apprecitated a written reason for my exclusion other THEN "a Hate-full post".
Loved the way "the going dark" changed the attempt to let our "Politicians" do the same to the Internet . . . talk about prayers answerered!

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene said...

Your comment was obviously censored because it is right wing hate speech, pure and simple.

My essay above is talking about censorship based purely on differing political viewpoints. Therefore, we are not discussing the same thing.

I would never say something bigoted like you did, because my task is to work alongside the oppressed for our mutual liberation -- including that of transgendered peoples.