Time Bomb Explodes in Connecticut

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Kizmet, Oct 23, 2015.

  1. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    This guy is a mess. It's not enough that he's a liar, he's a bad liar.

    Hartford Courant
  2. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Honestly, that sounds more like mental illness than simple lying.
  3. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    Wow, I'm surprised we hadn't heard of this before, and that I didn't seen the mushroom cloud from Boston.

    Either that, or he's a liar with a very bad memory. He probably got away with it for so long in that snakepit of liars and corruption (Chicago) that he never thought that he would be challenged.
  4. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    OK, I'm confused. So he told the reporter he graduated from Hamersfield University then handed him transcripts from Lexington University? That would be like if I told you I graduated from Harvard and then, to prove it, I handed you my transcripts from CTU.

    So, yeah, I'm guessing either very bad liar or mental illness (maybe a combination of both?).
  5. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Why do people do stupid things tom screw up their lives?
  6. RAM PhD

    RAM PhD Member

    The perennial question, indeed!
  7. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    Greed, I'd say.

    If Bernie Madoff played things legitimately he'd still have been a rich man, he might not have been as rich. He might not have been as well regarded (at the height of his deception). But he could absolutely have been a respectable, wealthy businessman.

    Is it better to have hundreds of millions for a few decades and then finish off your time on this planet in a federal prison or to "settle" for an upper middle class salary and a lifetime of freedom? For me the choice is obviously the latter. For others, the rush of the former is too much to resist.

    Call it greed. Call it psychosis. Some people just can't hold it back.
  8. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    I have found that many people are fear-based. Most of their actions are motivated by attempts to reduce or eliminate fear. Greed, I suppose, could be reduced to fear. "I'm so afraid of having nothing that I'll accumulate as much as possible." Or maybe I should just have another cup of coffee.:dunno:
  9. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    At first, this guy was hailed as a real hero/saviour in his Chicago role. Here's another article from the Courant about that. School Chief Candidate, Now In Trouble, Once Rode High On National School-Reform Tide - tribunedigital-thecourant

    To me, it's a sad commentary on over-politicizing and deleterious corporate influence in public education.

    There are blogs on this guy's record in Chicago too, at least two of them by retired Chicago teachers. Here's one from 2014:


    Altogether a sad story. Who gets hurt? Taxpayers - and, even worse, their kids.

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  10. bing

    bing New Member

    I am more shocked that BlackLivesMatter didn't intervene calling it racism, or a "witch hunt"...or something.
  11. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    Why are you injecting race into this?
  12. davefranco

    davefranco New Member

    This guy punish other for other people mistake. Even in the end he did not get anything doing it.
  13. bing

    bing New Member

    BlackLivesMatter is about race?

    Did you write this comment in the articles?

    It's ALL about race anymore when minorities don't get something they want. It's never NOT about race anymore when it comes to minority candidates. It's about race when a cop arrests a person of color. You not looking at the news lately? It's all that seems to be in the news anymore.

    "Carter and his lawyer, William E. McCoy, could not be immediately reached Wednesday morning for comment on whether they will appeal the ruling." Wait for it.
  14. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    I'm guessing that people like this really aren't enjoying the 21st century very much.
  15. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    Well, a lot of people get arrested on a daily basis and it is hardly national news every time a person of color gets arrested. But when a cop arrests, say, a black woman driving a burgundy Maxima because they had reports of an armed black driver waving a gun through the window of a tan Toyota, it's pretty hard to say that race wasn't a factor in that. And when I reacted with an above average amount of snark (who, me?) to a cop who was, in my opinion, behaving idiotically during a traffic stop, I was neither tased nor put into a choke hold.

    If I got pulled over and held at gunpoint while driving my green Subaru because police had a report that a red BMW was driving erratically it would be so absurd that it wouldn't even be funny.

    But, this isn't about a cop arresting a person of color. This is about someone with a fraudulent degree.

    Though, I suppose one could ask "would the newspaper have done this level of vetting of a white male's academic credentials?" When my local school board elected a somewhat controversial official I don't recall the local newspaper publishing anything about investigating his "claimed" doctorate. Then again, maybe they did but made no report because they found nothing.

    What I find especially distasteful is that you've taken the incredibly weak claim by "Dr." Carter of racism and somehow transposed that onto BlackLivesMatter as if a black person need only scream "racism" and a rally will form around them like a racially charged "bat signal."

    I would also think that a person might make a similar judgment about any Christian who wants to scream "persecution" and get a photo op with Mike Huckabee. But I don't actually want to insert politics, religion or race into this particular topic (for once). The weak pleadings of someone in a futile fight against the inevitable end of their career is pathetic but it really doesn't cross over into any other area other than "stupid decisions people sometimes make."

    This sort of reminds me of all of the people who read about bad things happening in the world (usually child molestations, kidnappings etc) and they say "What is the world coming to? This never happened when we were kids. We used to walk home from school all by ourselves and there was never a problem."

    The issue, obviously, is not that pedophiles are a new thing or that no one ever even considered kidnapping a child prior to 1980. The difference is that, over time, news sources expand their offerings. Albert Fish's crimes were not widely publicized at the time because they were so heinous. Media reports withheld many details out of a sense of common decency. Today, such self-censorship would not be regarded well at all. Local stories also seldom made it into the national news. I distinctly recall an NYPD Officer from my father's old precinct who was arrested for making a bomb in his house. When I try to find anything about the incident it is nowhere to be found. News travels much differently than it did in the past.

    But to pretend that race relations (and the tensions thereof) are "all that seems to be in the news anymore" somehow implies that it is a "new" sort of issue. Civil rights movement of the 60's, black panthers of the 60's - 70's, crack epidemic of the 80's (or, you know, that time the Philadelphia Police just straight up dropped a bomb and destroyed a whole city block). When, exactly, was race not a major news item in your lifetime, if you don't mind me asking?

    I have another prediction. This guy is going to let the ruling stand because, at this stage, the cost of fighting is going to exceed the cost he hopes to recoup. Next, while his career is solidly tarnished, he will find some community somewhere that sees the opportunity to get him at a discount. Maybe it will be a private school or a charter school. Maybe it will be an inner city school district. Someone somewhere will take this guy in and he will disappear from our eye until he does something controversial again. If he has any sense at all (questionable with his degree activities) he will keep his head low and avoid further controversy.

    And that would be my prediction for someone like this regardless of their race.
  16. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    We need a "like" button.
  17. RAM PhD

    RAM PhD Member

    :smile: :smile:
  18. bing

    bing New Member

    My prediction is this will come back in some fashion...maybe a civil rights lawsuit. The reason for it will be what that the race card has already been mentioned by a board member. Mirna Martinez already said that she believed Carter was getting more scrutiny BECAUSE he is black. That doesn't sound like something a lawyer is going to pass up. Educationbridgeport already pulled out the race thing, too: "Both are black men, both have roots in education reform and both were accused of misrepresenting themselves as doctorate holders." Referring to Carter and Michael Sharpe. Back to my initial thought...all about race...all day...every day. Otherwise, it would just be "Man lied about degrees and doesn't get the job". Ultimately, that's what the judge likely saw. However, the race thing is mentioned a lot with this affair.
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  19. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    And yet, it is not even tangentially connected to the BLM movement.

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