"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

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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