And my brother is Erik Prince!
Fom Alternet comes that title, adding: ‘A new documentary aims to drum up public support for Betsy DeVos’ proposed voucher system’, by Brett Robertson via alternet.org, June 15, 2017
“Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her department have pushed for an expansion of privatized school choice programs in the proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, particularly in the form of private school vouchers. Now a propagandistic three-part documentary series called School Inc. will help DeVos in her efforts to gain public support for expanded private school choice options. The series has already aired on PBS stations in some markets and will be shown on more this month.”
Despite these problems, private school vouchers are a long-standing priority of the corporations and right-wing funders backing the education privatization movement. The late Andrew Coulson, long-time head of the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom, was the driving force behind School Inc. The Cato Institute is a right-wing libertarian think-tank that calls for the elimination of public schools in support of greater “educational freedom” to choose from a free market of privately run schools.
In addition to School Inc.’s roots in the radical, libertarian Cato Institute, education historian and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch found that the film was funded by a number of arch-conservative foundations with ties to the “dark money ATM” DonorsTrust and the Ayn Rand Institute.” (the rest, again, is here)
The title is a bit of a silly question, and it’s all creepy-bo-peepy, but it’s hard to imagine that PBS wouldn’t air it, including the fact that ‘the funders’ can contribute to PBS and tell the world they have, as do the nasty Koch Brothers. Wall Street love charter schools, so…no one who matters is gonna gripe, are they?
But really it’s hard not to notice that the short article made absolutely no mention of Obama’s Secty. of Ed Arne Duncan’s drive for the same, nor Rahm Emanuel’s, either. Now I’m out of free clicks into the WaPo, so she may have mentioned that in her linked op-ed to that rag.
by Anthony Freda
School, Inc’s ‘Free to Choose’; 19 youtube videos overviews; OFM, the titles and the bullshit, arrgh. Kewl Nerd they uses to narrate it, eh wot? The teevee tells us that Nerds R the New Sexy, no?
(‘Oriented‘, get it?)
I sure did wonder whether or not Jaime Escalente’s family had given their permission to coopt his 2008 interview documentaries for School, Inc., as da Wiki says he’d left this planet in March 30, 2010, and had gone home to his hometown of Cochabamba, Bolivia in 2001 where he died, may he rest in power. So, i doubt it; f not, they should F off.
Oh this one tops the chart for Most Egregious Lies; from From ‘The Crescent City 10 Years after the Levees Failed’, Café Babylon, August 27, 2015
“While tens of billions poured into Louisiana, the impact on poor and working people in New Orleans has been minimal. Many of the elderly and the poor, especially poor families with children, never made it back to New Orleans. The poverty rate for children who did made it back remains at disturbingly high pre-Katrina levels, especially for Black children. Rents are high and taking a higher percentage of people’s income. The pre-Katrina school system fired all it teachers and professionals and turned itself into the charter experiment capital of the US even while the number of children in public schools has dropped dramatically. Since Katrina, white incomes, which were over twice that of Blacks, have risen three times as much as Blacks. While not all the numbers below are bad, they do illustrate who has been left behind in the ten years since Katrina hit.
91 percent of the public schools in New Orleans are now charter schools, the highest rate in the country.”
It’s easy to see why the Ann Rand institute folks love this. Only when there’s profit at stake, will schools be accountable. That’s why pubic schools are shitty, see? An ‘profit’ is only a marker of success, not the intent, which is ‘making schools excellent for the good of the chirren.
Just look at those little kids of color and why you should invest in them!
See also: ‘Betsy DeVos: a terrifying confluence of Church, State, Kleptocracy, & the Unbearable Whiteness of Being’, Café Babylon.net
Of course there was ‘Waiting for Superman’ made in 2010, trashing teachers’ unions and advocating for charter schools. Small wonder that the Elites at Sundance gave it #1 documentary award. Who could resist the legendary faux-thranthopist Bill Gates’ cheerleading: “Many of these high schools are terrible, and this film, ‘Waiting for Superman’ by Davis Guggenheim, which I have a very minor part in, tells this story in a brilliant way,” he said. Gates, 54, sees it as a way to teach Americans just how far the U.S. system has fallen and how to redeem it.”, Gates told Reuters after the film’s premiere on Friday.”
It seems that PBS must have aired it, plus a hella lot of interviews with self-proclaimed ‘Lefty’ (on Tavis Smiley) ‘Davey Guggenhein’, the (ahem) brains behind it.
ya thimk if ol’ betsy’d been edjukated better she’d know it’s ‘an historic’ investment?