"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Sally Stroup, Maggie Spellings, and Bird Flu

Sally Stroup offers a nice case study in how a for-profit higher education lobbyist ( the Apollo Group/U. of Phoenix) gets hired to be the top regulator overseeing higher education (Asst. Secretary of Education) and then moves on to work for the Congressional committee (House Committee on Education and the Workforce) that has just successfully pushed through a bill that allows online diploma mills to profit from federal tuition assistance.

Thus Sally arrives at her destination just in time for us to realize that it must have been her beginning point. She surely had to run into herself a couple of times going in the other direction!

Any comments from Mom Spellings? No, she has been down in North Carolina having some 'cue and talking up pandemic preparations--no, not the Novemeber elections or even the anti-testing bug--the Bird Flu. Remember the bird flu?

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