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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Richard Rothstein Demonstrates How Joel Klein Has Lied About His "Poor Kid From The Projects" Autobiography

Extensively researched and documented, Rothstein calls Klein out here.

It's a devastating article, because it shows just how full of crap Klein is about his "I came from the projects and succeeded because of a great teacher" story, the one he uses to back up his pro-privatization/anti-union education policies.

Klein likes to say that he is a "kid from the streets" who grew up in the projects, raised by parents who didn't know about college and had no academic ambitions for him.

The truth is, Klein came from a hard-working family that made well above the national median income and had academic ambitions for him, enough that they got him into "special progress" classes in junior high school.

They lived in a post-war middle class housing project that was not subsidized by the government and excluded people on the basis of too little income and other disqualifying factors that we today associate with low income projects.

Klein the lawyer knows he wouldn't be brought up on perjury charges for misleading people when telling his "poor kid from the projects" story.

But at base it is a deliberate fabrication and distortion meant to support an education policy that places sole emphasis on teachers as the only factor that matters in how students do in school.

Rothstein takes Klein's story apart and in the process exposes him as a charlatan.


  1. Klein is another self serving lying piece of shit. A prosecutor who is an evil power and money grabbing member of the one percent. May he die screaming from a terminal disease. I envision his patron the little dictator ending up the same way. I would enjoy catheterizing him with one wrapped in barbed wire. Not enough bad things can happen to the filth that are the evil rapacious immoral oligarchs. The French had the right idea about these despotic scum. They and their political and business cronies should be tried along with the bankers, divested of all their assets and then taken to citi field or Yankee stadium and drawn and quartered in public. Pay per view would be nice. I would sell tee shirts in the stands. Just deserts for those walking talking pieces of subhuman excrement

  2. You might enjoy this George Carlin monologue: