This website comes out of Noam Chomsky's work on education and the Role of the Educational System. See also: Noam Chomsky on the U.S. Public Education System, specifically on the University of California.
Tom Wilde, the terminated student in this case, lives and works in Los Angeles.
News reports abound in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and other major newspapers on how our nation's top universities admit their students, for good reason. In stark contrast, there are virtually no news stories on how these top universities kick their students out, also for good reason: a story here that draws such clear parallels between the abuse of power revealed in the Catholic Church scandals and UCLA (currently marketing itself as "the most popular campus in the nation") that it threatens to expose how the most powerful public university system in the U.S. actually operates—in striking contrast to the quasi-religious "UCLA brand" it uses to market itself worldwide. I see no other way to account for no one in the University of California being held accountable for these facts and these UCLA faculty statements in the story of this student expulsion from UCLA. (This story would also tell how I got these UCLA faculty statements some ten years [!] after my dismissal from a Ph.D. program in the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies.) These UCLA faculty statements have been brought out of my private e-mail exchanges with these professors.
Coincidentally, this story is now quite timely thanks to the ongoing #MeToo movement, as it contains some of the same reasons for why many women waited decades before coming forth with their own stories of abuse by men in high positions of institutionalized power.
Furthermore, I think it's important to point out that the so-called liberal press and its fellow multinational corporations can go after the Catholic Church because these powerful institutions largely do not draw their top governing board members from the Catholic Church. Rather, the New York Times and its corporate partners draw their governing board members almost exclusively from the educated classes coming out of our nation's top universities. Therefore, I think the problem with this story here is that it threatens an extremely powerful segment of the educated classes by revealing how flagrantly the University of California's presidents, chancellors, vice chancellors, and deans abuse their power against those with the least power—University of California students.
I'm releasing to the public the private email exchanges below in an effort to expose this abuse of University of California students, and to show how this abuse of UC students has apparently become an integral part of how the most powerful public university system in the U.S. actually operates on its students—i.e., I'm putting light into the University of California motto: "Let There Be Light." Of course, it goes without saying that even with this light, just as it was in the Catholic Church, our collective silence on this abuse only ensures that the University of California will continue to abuse University of California students. But these facts and UCLA faculty statements remain here in order to shed light on many of the same elements found in the Catholic Church scandal—only this time around, the University of California is concealing its abuse of UC students beneath the even more powerful caps and gowns of higher education.
UC Berkeley Law School, Dean Erwin Chemerinsky e-mail exchange (pdf)
Former Dean of UC Berkeley Journalism School, Ben Bagdikian e-mail exchange (pdf)
UCLA Professor, Carlos Peregrín (C.P.) Otero e-mail exchange (pdf)
"Spotlight" journalist, Walter V. Robinson e-mail exchange (pdf)
Diane Ravitch e-mail exchange (pdf)
Former UCLA Professor (and Harvard alum) Andrew Sabl e-mail exchange (pdf)