WE WILL USE AS A TEMPLATE OF YOUR RHETORICAL
FALLACY AND AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO RESPOND , SOMETHING WE NO LONGER ARE PERMITTED TO DO BECAUSE TEACHERS ARE BULLIED INTO SILENCE. WELL, I AM NOT A TEACHER NOW. I AM YOUR GHOSTS OF CORPORATE SCHOOL REFORM GIVING YOU A CHANCE TO UNSCROOGE YOURSELF . ( Poem below by Reformpoet on www.dianeravitch.net)
This alone speaks volumes . I don't know how long you have had your beak in what you think is YOUR business , but this is public education, lady, and you affluent , tax dodging , elite prep school educated types really don't have any stake in LA's schools except the one you and your casino capitalist cronies are trying to drive through public education's heart. The heart of American schools is its teachers and I feel confident I speak for them when I say WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH! We are sick of corruption incompetence and your God damned testing . We are tired of white chalk criminals who are permitted to jack funding from our schools to facilitate a free market free for all from which you and your fellow Imperialists profit as hedge fund mercenaries, non profit grafters , billionaire boot lickers , impervious grifters , and political puppetry. We are not having it anymore.
Here's a little fact to chew and check on:
AJ Duffy was a pugilist , the man for whom unions earned the title "thuggery" and his legendary press conferences made he and Ramon CORTINES look like the Punch and Judy show.
So that cartoon is hardly unprecedented. In this vaguely contained threat , you betray both ignorance as well as arrogance by, more importantly , an association with the union,m which you're bitch slapping for a pathetic concession to its members that lampoons an array of issues in a broad , hapless cartoon that perfectly illustrates just how seriously the union takes what is going on. They are in on it, but Fletcher had to address the chaos he was facilitating, and tried to JUSTIFY his lampooning TO DEASY by issuing a survey that earnest union activists had urged all along, and in fact, are standard function of almost any organization to determine what a given demographic is inclined to think or know. Kind of like your precious tests, no? I guess it comes down to which came first, the chicken or the egg. In other words, did UTLA post some stupid cartoon telling teachers what they think or did teachers express these concerns to Fletcher , who we can prove was in Deasy's corner and actually helped him dispose of thousands of veteran teachers , cheating them out of retirement benefits and ultimately destroying their lives with lies. What's more he sent Broad trained saboteurs to destroy any shreds of success or community in campus culture and UTLA stood aside and let it happen . We know. Do you know? There is the Broad Prize Question! Do you know what is going on in schools on the Harbor Gateway? Watts? Have you ever stepped foot in a hood ?
Moreover, why are you Deasy's overzealous defender when that lampooning is obscurely published on the union web site , not in public like this foolish outburst or those scathing lies you tell about us on LASR and distribute as a biased source to the Daily News and to Huffington Post, which may be the most widely read news venue on the planet?
I bet you consider yourself quite the crusader, a real tough cookie yet an altruist with political acumen and a big fat wallet . I hate to smash your delusions . All right, I would love to smash them, but I am not that foolish. You're not one for epiphanies . Still it bears stating that Deasy's ego is eager to find balm in media and the weak, weak forum of LA Times Editorial Page is always eager to stroke him . It doesn't hurt to pad the dominant narrative. Not him, anyway.
And you? You are his well trained but vicious muppet . Unfortunately , you are a mediocre student at best, as any student of journalism , even those LAT hacks and sycophants like Barbara Jones, know better than to pull the stunts you have. What you apparently also lack is cunning, a double edged sword, as it turned out because we have deconstructed your blog stories without much trouble . Hell, we all but own it by way of comments . It is one place we can address the fuckery. We know when it stings because this the stuff that is flung at us in defense of the LASR censorship your editor must chastise commenters for when we cross your imaginary yet arbitrary lines . The poor man sends emails that betray the same uneasy lexicon of a professional whose ethics are held hostage. Teachers can relate.
But I get it , you can't and neither can Deasy: you're that far gone. It is abundantly clear that an unprecedented outbreak of sociopathy has infected the upper echelon . I know, I am just a teacher, but I have a theory that deregulation has something to do with it.
I am going to stop here for now, Your Highness. I want to let you digest that, and frankly, temperance is my weakest virtue when it comes to reformers, but when I come back I have some questions for you . Don't make me sue you for a CPRA FOIA violations! REMEMBER: transparency . We will pick it up here. Until then.