Campbell Brown As Gaia: The Great Mother Speaks

January 14, 2015
Ed reform Gaia: Mother of all Children of "Failing Schools"

Ed reform Gaia: Mother of all Children of “Failing Schools”

Oral arguments in the lawsuit to overturn teacher tenure laws or due process begin today. Wright v. New York, a lawsuit filed in New York State Supreme Court last July by Campbell Brown’s new billionaire backed front the Partnership for Educational Justice, is bankrolling the case under the shameless notion that tenure laws
deny public school students their constitutional right to an adequate education.

In this interview on Reason TV, non-educator Brown is introduced as an “education reformer” (as if that is an actual job title) by Katherine Mangu-Ward. Ward completely omits any mention of Brown’s prior foray into “education reform”, the billionaire backed Parent Transparency Group which, like the Partnership for Educational Justice, was created for the sole purpose of frightening uninformed or naive parents out of their wits and turning them against their children’s teachers.

Reason TV is, in turn, bankrolled by the Koch brothers, who doubtless are delighted with such arguments, as is their editor who, in between Brown’s heroic posturing, is seen yucking it up with the lady.

Brown, chosen as the face of the education reform campaign after Michelle Rhee proved to be too transparently sociopathic and corrupt, plays her part as one of the 1% messiahs for the underclass well.

Why is she attempting to strip teachers of due process? To destroy unions, and privatize public education and further erode the social contract that, alone, promises a modicum of human dignity ?

How cynical of you !

Campbell, you see, became a mother and, as her powers of empathy are oceanic, her maternal instincts moved her to take the part of all mothers everywhere. Or at least those in “failing schools.” Campbell, needless to say, would no sooner think of sending her children to a public school than she would dare subject her children’s private school teachers to the intellectual and spiritual degradation that falls under the umbrella of “education reform.”

Campbell, we are meant to believe, is motivated by love. Love of children. Love of justice. Love of all things excepting due process which, once removed, somehow will place a great teacher in every classroom in the land. Campbell is moved to action by the “extreme inequality” she perceives in New York public schools,yet seems oddly unmoved by the ever more extreme inequality of wealth and poverty that is causing outright desperation across America. Somehow Campbell sees no link between a “failing school”
(never a “failing school system” or “a failing society” )and a third world economy made that much more painful by insane rents, non-existing jobs, an average wage that has been frozen for 30 some years and a child poverty rate that is nothing short of unconscionable.

And you can rest assured no employee of the Koch brothers is going to remind her of any of that.

The only thing that should “shock the conscience” in this world, Campbell implies, echoing the judge in the billionaire financed Vergara case in California, is teacher tenure.

This other things…well, what can a person do ?

Campbell lies as sweetly and sincerely about teachers and is as selective with her anecdotes as she did when she was fronting the Parent Transparency Group.

But no matter.

Like Mother Earth herself, Campbell oozes empathy.

She speaks knowingly if abstractly of “incompetent” and “abusive teachers” who, because of tenure, are almost “impossible to fire, even if they are abusive.”

Campbell even speaks of a mysterious survey in which teachers themselves claim that the granting of due process or tenure is “perfunctory.” A question: Has any one other than Campbell and maybe some fellow billionaire funded shills from the grotesque Educators4Excellence ever even heard of such a curious document?

Not a single case or figure or bit of evidence is given or asked for.

No matter. Campbell oozes empathy.

Knowing that the key to successful propaganda is repeating the same lie endlessly over, Campbell repeats the outright lie of teacher tenure – which means only that one is given due process and cannot be fired by a vindictive administrator whose nephew needs a job – as granting “automatic lifetime employment.” “Automatic lifetime employment,” in fact, even if it is nothing more than a right wing lie when applied to teachers, is something that Brown herself seems to have found in her shilling for billionaire-backed front groups.
Parent Transparency Group folds, Partnership for Educational Justice emerges. Such is one of the many benefits of oligarchy.

But no matter.

Does it trouble Campbell to face the slings and arrows of those who cannot abide her heroic truth telling? Well, says our noble suffering servant, better her than a mother in a failing school.

Indeed.

Someday, and I pray that day comes soon, we as a nation will look back in shame and horror at how easily and effectively a handful of perversely rich individuals set the American people against themselves, class against class, race against race, for the betterment of no one but themselves. If and when that day arrives — and as I write it is an “if” — I would not wish to be Campbell Brown.

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5 Responses to “Campbell Brown As Gaia: The Great Mother Speaks”

  1. What part of the planet do you live on Says:

    Its amazing how different the planet is depending on what part of the planet you are on. – especially for woman – I mean take a look at campbell brown here in nyc and take a look at campbell brown say in Syria or Afghanistan. Here she walks and sticks here breasts out – there she would be hanging upside down for opening up her big mouth…- well I guess its just a matter of what part of the earth you occupy

    • patrickwalsh Says:

      My suspicion, bordering on certainty is that, in whatever part of the world Campbell Brown found herself in, she would also quickly find a way to ingratiate herself with those in power, whatever their beliefs. It is what the Campbell Brown’s of the world do.

  2. Michael Fiorillo Says:

    Silly me: I always thought that Gaia embodied fertility, diversity and the planetary Life Force itself, and now you demonstrate that She’s nothing more than a vain, lying proxy for some billionaire sociopaths. Dude, what a buzzkill!

    While I’ve never been a big fan of His, perhaps what we really need now is the vengeful God of the Old Testament, to publicly sacrifice a few of these ignorant, self-righteous frauds, and show that there are consequences for greed and mendacity.

    • patrickwalsh Says:

      To paraphrase philosopher Donald Rumsfeld, you’re thinking of old Gaia, Michael. Fertility and diversity had their day but it’s time to move on. That said, as for the Old Testament God of Wrath, yes a select appearance would be satisfying indeed!

  3. Daniel Longo Says:

    I’m thinking, oh sage voice, you felt no need to mention the neocon hubby, causing further conflict of interest to her vision for our youth. Anita Bryant would’ve been so proud to have such a doppelgangeresque ex pageanteer carry on her ideals.


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