Friday, February 24, 2012

Pillorying Private Citizens; Shame on America

The twisted nature of American society is captured well in the two articles highlighted in this post.  There is something dreadfully wrong with America and its mores when we pillory public school teachers.

Via the Los Angeles Times, we have a story that properly condemns the illegal publication of private information on Los Angeles police officers. 

Conversely, The New York Times provides us with a story that describes the legal, court blessed exposure of individual, by name, performance ratings of New York City public school teachers.

Now, in my opinion it does take a perspicacious rocket scientist to see the dreadful wrong in the second event; not any less wrong than the illegal release of personal information on the Los Angeles police officers.  The court's blessing of this pillorying of public school teachers fits right well with the flagrantly nefarious ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case.

By the way, the Los Angeles Times participated in a similar egregious act with regards to the pubic teachers of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Our leading institutions -- courts, press, et al -- seem to have no shame about publishing the names and performance reports of America's public school teachers, just so that the teachers can be publicly ridiculed.  We might as well stone our public school teachers.

Shame on America.

Story links:

"Hackers publish private information about L.A. police officers." Los Angeles Times 24 February, 2012: online edition.

Santos, Fernanda and Sharon Otterman. "School Book: City Teacher Data Reports Are Released." The New York Times 24 February, 2012: online edition.

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