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

Friday, April 23, 2010

Bakke Backs Bozo; Whittle's Wacky Waxings

Imagine Schools CEO Dennis Bakke sure know how to pick 'em. He recently gave $10,000 to support John Kasich, the former FOX host (Heartland with John Kasich) who pulled in over $500k as a Lehman Brothers employee while the pension fund for Ohio took a $480 million hit from their investment in the financial services firm. Not that it'd make him blush, but Kasich's online ads wound up on a Michigan militia's website (thanks to Google Content Network) - the guy claims he was a Tea Partier before it was even cool.

In other Imagine news, students at a Florida school donned yellow t-shirts and recreated the
Imagine Schools' logo (image from Bradenton.com). This reminds me of Kenneth Saltman's account of Edison students reciting a pledge (in part) to their corporate schoolmaster.

And, since we're on the topic of for-profit education providers, check out this paper, "The Rise of Global Schooling," written - of course - by Chris Whittle. It was released in late 2009 and has some serious gems in it. Enjoy.

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