Sunday, September 25, 2011

Corporate Shock Doctrine in Indiana

Check out this article from and think about all the shady connections emerging from Tony Bennett and the Mitch Daniels Machine.  What's amazing about this is how even though standardized test scores are good enough to fire teachers and, as in Indianapolis, turn schools over to for-profit charter corporations, they're not good enough to determine if the multi-million dollar contracts for corporations peddling easy solutions and fairy dust.  A previous post shared some the new information on corporate campaign donations to Dr. Bennett--we're sure its only the beginning.  Didn't we learn to follow the money?  This was found at the Newteacher blog.

"Let's hope the fiscal crisis doesn't get better too soon. It'll slow down reform." -- Tom Watkins, a consultant, summarizes the corporate education reform movement's current strategy to the Sunday New York Times.  Watkins' outburst of candor, buried in this front-page New York Times article yesterday, is so important: It shows that the recession and its corresponding shock to school budgets is being  used by corporations to maximize revenues, all under the gauzy banner of "reform."

The "Shock Doctrine" comes to your neighborhood classroom: Corporate reformers use the fiscal crisis and campaign contributions to hype an unproven school agenda

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