"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, September 25, 2010

New "Superman" Coalition

It's hardly a secret that Waiting for "Superman" is a major PR effort by corporate reformers, philanthrocapitalists, and reformy types.  Here are two updates:

1.  The Broad Foundation gave $500,000 for advocacy related to WfS.  The foundation also gave $50k for promotions related to Madeleine Sackler's schlockumentary, "The Lottery," which I've seen (and it's terrible).

2.  Education Reform Now, the 501c3 arm of Hedge Funds Democrats for Education Reform, is managing a new marketing campaign, "Done Waiting."  An earlier EdWeek article mentioned ERN and the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools was putting together a campaign audaciously called "We Are Superman" - is this the fruits of their (anti-union) labor?

The Broad Foundation is a "National Partner" in the "Done Waiting" campaign.  Other sponsors include: EEP, Center for Education Reform, GreatSchools, Charter School Growth Fund, Education Breakthrough Network, and the (Milton and Rose Friedman) Foundation for Educational Choice.

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