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It Speaks For Itself

Whitney Tilson, DFER founder and Wall Street hedge fund tycoon:

In the article in my last email about Bill Perkins, he was quoted as saying that the rise of charter schools in Harlem has created a system that is “separate and unequal.”  He’s right, but it isn’t a bad thing (and he intends it), but rather a cause for celebration.



  • 1 Yomeister
    · Sep 17, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    How about quoting the next sentence: “Before charter schools arrived, with almost no exceptions, schools in Harlem were together and equal – in crappiness. “

  • 2 NYC Educator
    · Sep 18, 2010 at 11:53 am


    Thanks for shedding light on Tilson’s rationale for his repugnant and unconscionable conclusion.

  • 3 Leo Casey
    · Sep 19, 2010 at 2:17 pm


    The point of hyperlinks is that you can go and read the whole thing — not just the next sentence — for yourself.

    It is instructive, as NYC Educator points out, to read the whole thing, the leaps of logic and the rhetorical excess which is Tilson’s stock in trade, that gets him to such a conclusion. You don’t even have to know something about the public schools in Harlem to understand how reactionary this worldview is. And all the more so since he talks about his anti-public education, anti-teacher reforms as the new civil rights movement. We see how deep that commitment is.