Monday, October 03, 2005

Bennett forced to resign from K12

Bill Bennett has resigned from the chairmanship of K12, the notorious privatization company that is within junk-bond felon Michael Milken's education conglomerate.

Apparently, Bennett has stooped so low that he has brought the already low company down even further. Check out the statement from the K12 website (via SchoolsMatter):

Statements by K12 Inc. and William J. Bennett Regarding Bennett's Resignation from the K12 Board of Directors

McLean, VA -- October 3, 2005 - K12, Inc. today announced that William J. Bennett has resigned as an employee, and as Chairman and member of the company's Board of Directors, effective immediately. K12 Inc. said the Board accepted his resignation, thanking him for his contributions to the company. K12 Inc. said that it has no relationship with, or involvement in, Dr. Bennett's radio program. The opinions expressed by Dr. Bennett on his radio program are his and his alone.

Dr. Bennett, in a separate statement said: "I am in the midst of a political battle based on a coordinated campaign willfully distorting my views, my record, and my statements. Given the controversy surrounding the remarks I made on my radio show, I am stepping down from my positions at K12, so that neither the mission of the company, nor its children, are affected, distracted, or harmed in any way."

A coordinated campaign? Who's coordinating it? Who's distorting your statements? Everyone's been quoting you exactly as you said it. And the audio of you saying it is right here.

The paranoia on the right is astounding.


Anonymous Disgruntled said...

Let's get this straight.

Levitt gains renown by arguing that abortion cuts crime rate primarily by encouraging Black single moms to abort their above average chance to grow up to be criminal progeny. Levitt gains fame in economics community. Levitt writes bestselling book Freakonomics, carefully expurgating the references to race in his abortion argument. Freakonomics is almost ubiquitously praised.

Bennett responds to Levitt's argument, stating that abortion is evil, and it is wrong to abort Black children even if you argue that it would cut the crime rate. Hysteria ensues. Levitt denies that his argument focusses on race, seemingly forgetting that all his academic papers are publicly available at any University library. Levitt knows most reporters are lazy and will never read academic papers.

I'm no fan of Bennett but still find this whole incident disheartening.

8:12 AM  

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