Gulen Charter Schools is a new phrase coined by some groups with anti-charter sentiments. After seeing some successful charter schools such as Harmony Public Schools, thrive unprecedentedly, the people in those groups started a smear campaign a few years ago . This is against the nature of public schools. A charter school cannot have any connection or relationship with any religious organization. If it were, the state would never grant its charter.
I think such explanations have no effect on the attackers, because despite the fact that there is no religious education in those attacked charter schools, they still believe the schools are “indoctrinating” religion to the kids.
Those people open blogs and websites to to defame high-flying schools who were able to close the achievement gap. On their websites, they make ridiculous accusations such as “Bill Gates wants to revive the Ottoman Empire”. Unfortunately, their discourse has a very racist and xenophobic tone.
A lot can be said about the reason behind those attackers, but as Harmony Schools Advocates, we believe that the video below well summarizes this Gulen Charter Schools concept. Watch and see how the attackers of Harmony Schools make themselves ridiculed.
"Dani Rodrik is an interesting guy who has ties with both Harvard University and Ergenekon Terrorist Organization. The latter is of course indirect, becayse his father-in-law worked for this underground, clandestine organization. He staunchly believes and defends that his father-in-law is innocent. In the past months, I published a few columns by the Armenian columnist Etyen Mahcupyan, who criticized Rodrik in many sound ways. This time, a letter provides a very nice answer for the guy.”
The much-awaited Ergenekon has come to an end and dozens of people who are accused of planning to overthrow the legitimate government through a military coup got life sentences and many more. I think the Goose Network should think twice before blindly supporting those Ergenekon guys.
Turkey’s former armed forces chief has been jailed for life for plotting to overthrow the government, after five years of trials involving officers, lawyers, writers and journalists.
Gen Ilker Basbug was among dozens of people convicted of involvement in the so-called Ergenekon plot.
Critics of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan have accused him of staging show trials to eliminate his enemies.
His supporters say the trials have pushed the military out of politics.
Gen Basbug, who led the military between 2008 and 2010, was among at least five generals to be jailed for life on Monday at a specially constructed courtroom west of Istanbul.
Courtesy of Dr. Kurt’s blog on Gulen Charter Schools...
Several months ago, a breaking news appeared on some media outlets. According to that news, a Gulen-inspired school in Iran (!) was raided and 83 CIA agents (!) were arrested (!) in the school. It is a rare talent to be able make three mistakes in one sentence.
Of course, this “breaking” news was immediately picked up by ODA TV, who is also the zealous supporter of so-called Gulen Charter School concept in the US.
First, there is no “Gulen-inspired” school in Iran, because Iran, as the example of perfect democracy (!) never allows the Movement to open a school. Second, in this non-existent school, you can’t hide 83 CIA agents. Of course, with no school and agents around, you can’t arrest them. And here is the proof for this blatant lie:
This is the only one that I could find, because later on they deleted the news and apologized for their blatant lie. Here is their apology:
Here they say, “The Movement is right. That news was untrue. Unfortunately, ODA TV also made the same mistake.” Below is the full text for their apology.
You can still find their apology here.
Two famous Islamophobes are banned from entering Britain. Hope the same happens to other Islamophobes like Gulen Charter Schools attackers such as Vanessa Kachadurian.
MerryLynn Gerstenschlager, the Vice President of Texas Eagle Forum, has been one of the Goose Network members for some time and her concerns at Texas House Public Education Committee about Harmony Public Schools were not shared by the committee members.
Rep. Alma Allen, D-Houston, says she has “a large Turkish community in my district and several Harmony schools in my district. I think they are fabulous. I don’t think they teach religion.”
03.04.2013, The Columbus DispatchStudents are leaving Westerville schools at a rate that has alarmed district officials, spurring them to seek ways to draw students back and retain others. Almost 1,000 students have left to attend charter schools, private schools or other districts in Ohio over the past two years.
Frank Gaffney, a self-entitled Islamophobe, has just bit on granite by misinforming the public about so-called Gulen Charter Schools again. This came as a no surprise to me, because I got already acquainted with the mistakes of such half-ignorant people. Gaffney is one of them. I will give more information about his ignorance in the future, but for now, I will give you a snippet of a good read by a website named Gulen Charter Schools. Hope you enjoy it.
This news must be a surprise for the Goose Network members. Actually, it is more of a slap-in-the-face by the “Boston Globe” editorial. Gulen Charter Schools argument by the Goose Network guys has collapsed for good. Read it yourself…
SHOULD MASSACHUSETTS be afraid of Fethullah Gulen? That’s the question at the heart of the whispering campaign against the Pioneer Charter School of Science, a high-achieving public school in Everett whose loose connections to the influential Turkish religious figure came under heightened scrutiny when it sought state permission to expand to a second location in Saugus.
Etyen Mahcupyan continues to reveal the truth about Dani Rodrik, the renowned son-in-law of Cetin Dogan, prominent member of Ergenekon Terrorist Organization.
It is quite natural for a person to exhibit extra sensitivity and subjectivity toward a specific topic when it concerns his relatives. We can understand such a person if we come to accept that we should be more tolerant toward them and put ourselves in their place. At the beginning, many people in Turkey shared this approach for Dani Rodrik, a successful academic with international fame and a scholar known to be an advocate of democratic values. But he had come face-to-face with a very unexpected situation.
Although the Sledgehammer (Balyoz) trial, in which the defendants stood accused of attempting to overthrow the democratically elected government in 2003, was concluded on Sept. 21 by the İstanbul 10th High Criminal Court at the 108th hearing of the case, debates surrounding the Sledgehammer trial still continue. This is why there is merit in summarizing the major developments in the case.
Just hours after my article that referred to Dani Rodrik was posted on the Internet, Rodrik issued a response in his blog “Balyoz Davası ve Gerçekler" (Balyoz Trial and Facts). Apparently urged by a sense of duty, Rodrik naturally didn’t want to lose any time in correcting my “misstatements.”
Taken from Gulen Charter Truth.
When the Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in the elections held in early November 2002, the military decided to take some action. In the following months, Çetin Doğan, the former head of the 1st Army, sent faxes where he made analogies between the AKP’s election victory and the Nazis coming to power; he sent these documents directly from his office.
This piece was penned almost two years ago, but I still find it hilarious. I am gonna put my own addition, too, but let’s read the piece first…
We are all quite sure that theweird claims about so-called Gulen Charter Schools have been proved fallacious. You can see this by checking some of the recent critics of so-called Gulen Charter Schools. They are very silent these days. Knock on wood :)
I quickly realized the fallacious nature of these claims after reading a few of them, but some people’s aggressive attacks on these high-performing charter schools can make anyone very suspicious. Whenever there is a good news or (bad news) on the national level praising or defaming those charter schools, there is always someone ready to defame the schools in question with his/her comments. Anyway… You are already familiar with this story.