If you want to make a lot of money and screw over millions of children, particularly inner-city children, all at the same time (and who doesn’t want to do that?), then join my favorite Governor Paul LePage and invest heavily in on-line learning.
Studies have shown on-line learning to be a total sham when it comes to educating children, but hey, when the State will pay someone like K12 Inc. or Rupert Murdoch or Bill Gates seven to ten thousand dollars or more per student and all you have to do is provide a kid a $300 computer, some cheap software and a couple dozen teachers of dubious quality in some data center in Florida to service all those millions of students simultaneously, who cares? The returns to shareholders will be enormous!
Assuming, of course, the CEO’s of these companies don’t steal all the profits first. They seem like honest guys. K12 Inc. has extremely weak academic results which no-doubt accounts for the CEO earning five million dollars per year. Isn’t that a much better use of funds than all those wasteful public school bureaucracies and teachers?
Teachers. They’re just so….outmoded.
I’m telling you folks, there’s a lot of money to be made here. And Governor Paul LePage (such a wise man) is leading the way in Maine. With so many family members in Maine, I’m just so proud. I get teary-eyed just thinking about it…
From the Maine Sunday Telegram:
K12 Inc. contributed $19,000 to the Republican Governors Association’s Maine PAC, which made independent expenditures to help Gov. LePage win election.
Of course if you really want to strike it rich (and who doesn’t want to do that?), then you’ll need to do more research. There’s Pearson “Learning” (my favorite), and Wireless Generation (Yo, Rupert!). Call Jeb Bush. He knows a lot about this stuff. So does Bill Gates.
And then there’s the Gates Foundation. God bless those people. They keep using their hundreds of thousands to screw things up across this country first destroying much of public education, then much of what was left of public education after screwing so much of it up in the first place. They are so nice about it. They always apologize later, like they did in New York and elsewhere.
Right now they are apologizing for spending all that money promoting evaluating teachers by test score, now that apologizing is too late of course. Did you know, for example, that teachers in Tennessee are now being evaluated and even fired based on the standardized test scores of students and classes and grades they do not even teach? Nevertheless, the Gates (and Waltons) keep pulling out new hundreds of thousands, or millions, at a time (they have so many of them) to screw things up even more everywhere they can. Who cares? They can always apologize later. Keep pushing charter schools. Keep increasing segregation. Keep shunning low performing children, or those in need of discipline, or special education (or any education at all for that matter).
I love Bill Gates. He gets tons of money to make all these education speeches. He’s going to make one later this year in Pasadena. I may go. He always says, “Now admittedly, many of the things we’ve tried so far haven’t worked….”
I’m going to stand up and say, “Then why don’t you sit down and just shut the f… up? Take all your ignorant, ill-gotten money home with you and just shut the f… up! Buy more mosquito nets or something.”
But back to the money. We are talking 1.3 trillion education dollars per year here, folks. One point three trillion! Some of it can be yours! Rupert Murdoch is no idiot. He knows 1.3 trillion dollars when he sees it.
This is long too. Sorry about that. But if you really want to know how public coffers are being robbed in this country (and how to make lots of money too) all at the expense of children, read this. It is one of the best summaries I’ve read so far explaining what is happening today in education. Why isn’t any of this being covered in the mainstream media?
BECAUSE RUPERT MURDOCH ALREADY OWNS THAT!!!!
See the evidence laid out in The Dialogue With the Gates Foundation: What Happens When Profits Drive Reform?, featuring Paul LePage near the end of the post.
Finally, if your brain needs washing again since it’s been so long since “Waiting for Superman” (marketed with 2 million dollars of Gates Foundation money), if it needs a new cleaning, I highly recommend the soon-to be-released movie “Won’t Back Down”, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis — funded by the Sam Walton Foundation (love them too!!!!) with help from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Who doesn’t love Maggie? She’s so young and lovely and innocent-looking. And I’m sure she knows a lot about education too!
Why don’t we all make a night of it? We can all get our brains washed together. But read the articles first.
After all, they are REAL.
Joseph K. is a 24-year veteran of LAUSD, a former mentor teacher twice named a Johns Hopkins University Teaching Fellow, who now teaches poor, inner-city children who wake up every morning in their gang-ridden, drug-infested neighborhoods at five a.m. to catch the bus by six. He teaches the old-fashioned way – by ignoring standardized test scores. Instead of teaching bubbling, he tries to instill a love of knowledge and learning in his students and for this reason will probably be allowed to continue teaching for fifteen more minutes.
Joseph K.’s other writings can be found here.