April 13, 2013
Just in case you missed this article from 2011, I think it gives great insight into current school ‘reform’ efforts.
I keep hearing about “school choice” but if you look at how this so called “choice” unravels you might begin to suspect the ‘choice’ being offered is between the pan and the fire. At this point in time, if I had school-aged children, I would teach them myself.
Oh, and if you find it hard to determine a right/left or Republican/Democrat lead in this mess that is because, unlike us little people that are further down the political food chain, the real brokers of power have no party.
And one more thought, while I do not claim to be any sort of an expert on economics, in my humble opinion – this is NOT a free-market model!
Got Dough? How Billionaires Rule Our Schools
The cost of K–12 public schooling in the United States comes to well
over $500 billion per year. So, how much influence could anyone in the
private sector exert by controlling just a few billion dollars of that
immense sum? Decisive influence, it turns out. A few billion dollars in
private foundation money, strategically invested every year for a
decade, has sufficed to define the national debate on education; sustain
a crusade for a set of mostly ill-conceived reforms; and determine
public policy at the local, state, and national levels. In the domain of
venture philanthropy—where donors decide what social transformation
they want to engineer and then design and fund projects to implement
their vision—investing in education yields great bang for the buck.