"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

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Why I Closed My Facebook Account: Zuckerberg Going Oprah

Last updated 9/23 8:49
I just closed my Facebook account with this reason:

Your CEO wants to get into the school privatization game with other oligarchs.  I am not interested in supporting your efforts to dismantle America's public schools.  Go Cheney yourself!

I urge you to do the same, i. e., close your Facebook account. 

From the Star-Ledger:
LOS ANGELES — N.J. Gov. Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Cory Booker will make a surprise appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show Friday to announce an unprecedented restructuring of Newark's school system and the gift of $100 million from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, two officials with direct knowledge of the plan told The Star-Ledger tonight.

Christie and Booker will proclaim that the long-troubled Newark schools, which have been under state control for 15 years, are going to be placed under Booker’s authority. Together, Booker and the school system will embark on a massive program of educational change long opposed by teachers unions.
It will include an expansion of charter schools, new achievement standards and methods for judging which schools and teachers are effective, the sources said. 

The announcement was confirmed by a third person with knowledge of Booker and Christie’s arrangements. The sources detailed the plans on the condition they not be identified because they were not authorized to go public before Friday's show. . . .

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