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  •  I don't have the same reaction (0+ / 0-)

    to the passage you highlighted. It's simply stating the reasons businesses should want to be involved, and it's naturally using business phrasing to make the point.

    Which isn't to say DFER isn't evil. I just think the same thinking would apply to progressive education reform, too: Businesses have a vested interest in a well-educated populace, so getting business on board — especially particularly brain-demanding businesses like Intel — is of benefit to any reform effort, good or evil.

    Formerly known as Jyrinx.

    “If I can't dance to it, it's not my revolution.” ― Emma Goldman

    by Code Monkey on Mon Apr 04, 2011 at 04:52:07 PM PDT

    •  I don't think the wording is ambiguous (0+ / 0-)

      The word "consumer" reflects the fact that business sees working class people as a means to profit and little else. In other words, they are commodities just like any other. This. of course, has been true as long as our vile economic system has existed.

      Real progressive education reform (Freire) would view the goal of education as liberation rather than training workers to be the next generation of those to be exploited by those owning the means of production.

      While I understand the "need" for business to be on board with legislation of any type within the confines of this system, the passage was clearly chosen to highlight the class distinction.

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