Republican leaders have fueled the [charter] movement with a series of initiatives - the federal No Child Left Behind law (which permits low-achieving schools to be turned over to private companies), Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's A-Plus plan and the growing use of vouchers for private schools. This year, 60 for-profit companies are managing more than 500 schools nationwide. At the forefront is Edison, the brainchild of Chris Whittle, the eccentric entrepreneur who made his first splash in education with the controversial Channel One business that brought TV - and commercials - into schools. The communications executive who had restored Esquire magazine to fiscal health came up with the idea as he prepared a speech to a business group on ways to improve the nation's school system.
"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972
. . .a pupil attitude factor, which appears to have a stronger relationship to achievement than do all the “school” factors together, is the extent to which an individual feels that he has some control over his own destiny. James Coleman, 1966
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Chris and Jeb
Here is a piece I missed from November 27 that offers some new details on neo-con links to corporate socialist, Chris Whittle, whose dreams of empire rest upon the willingness of the American people to build it for him with tax dollars (see review of Whittle's fantasy here). Note the link in the clip below between Jeb and Chris--remember it was Jeb who used the Florida state pension fund to bail out Whittle's last big corporate flameout: