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  •  You really have to ask? (14+ / 0-)

    Here's some hints:

    Chris Whittle, mentioned above, ran Channel 1, which provided free news programming to schools - accompanied by commercials. His education was in American Studies.

    Bill Gates may fund education initiatives through his foundation, but Microsoft sells an enormous amount of software to schools, and would both like to sell more, and to use schools as a gateway to lifetime use of Microsoft products. He dropped out of Harvard after a year.

    Gates also believes that classroom instruction will be replaced by online instruction in 5 to 10 years.

    Somebody has to provide all of that content. Viacom is in the content business.

    None of this is about education - it's all about developing markets and making huge profits, even without the more conservative to racist backers of charter schools and school vouchers, like the Walton family.

    And as you note, none of these people know shit about education. But they all know a lot about making money.

    If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the administration.

    by badger on Wed Sep 22, 2010 at 06:04:18 PM PDT

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    •  Gates is also an idiot. (8+ / 0-)

      Gates also believes that classroom instruction will be replaced by online instruction in 5 to 10 years.

      I've been involved in education, in one capacity or another, for 35 years. Nothing, barring direct input of knowledge into the brain, will ever replace the direct physical presence of the teacher.

      Some students can work well with an on-line approach, others can't. Not a good thing.

      Some students can play the system and get a degree with an on-line system, without learning a damn thing. Not a good thing.

      This is a concerted push to move us in the direction they have chosen, true. But it will be just as massive a failure as, say, the Bush presidency.

      I sure wish my government gave me as much privacy as they demand I give them.

      by Daddy Bartholomew on Wed Sep 22, 2010 at 06:12:59 PM PDT

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      •  Yes, but (2+ / 0-)
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        they envision online instruction as both a market in itself, and as a means of marketing.

        Education doesn't enter into it at all - unless you count consumerism and brand-loyalty as a kind of "learning".

        If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the administration.

        by badger on Wed Sep 22, 2010 at 06:21:23 PM PDT

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    •  I didn't have to ask.... (2+ / 0-)
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      but I'm glad I did.  I got some good responses.

    •  The whole idea of education (7+ / 0-)

      shifting online is weird. I hear the radio ads for these all online schools and think, how can that possibly work other than for an extremely motivated and self-starting student? Most kids would rather putz than study; one of the things teachers do is keep kids focused and try to make material compelling to them. I can't see large numbers of kids being that self-motivating.

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      by anastasia p on Wed Sep 22, 2010 at 06:18:01 PM PDT

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