As a result of advertising, unlimited corporate cash (tax-deductible), and the Jay Mathews PR machine, KIPP is held up as the urban model to emulate, even though we know it can never be scaled up to a level that would be needed to educate the majority of American school children who reside in urban areas. What is scary, however, is that public schools are starting to take on the total compliance regime of KIPP, Inc., thus achieving the primary aim of corporate reform schoolers in cities like New Orleans, which is to supply an endless stream of work-hard-and-be-nice bellhops and laundry workers for the Disney version of New Orleans that the white men of the Business Roundtable envision.
The reform schoolers' Cowen Institute at Tulane is sponsoring this week an evening a the very pissed-off looking Mike Feinberg, one of the two founders of this corporate madrassa schooling movement. At one point a while back, the Cowen Institute claimed to be agnostic when it comes to charter schools. It is good to see they have stopped lying and are going for the full gusto of corporate welfare schooling. Their ad at the Cowen Institute:
And have a look at KIPP Central City is saving money by packing these children in like sardines: 62% of classes with more than 33 students, compared to the state average of 3% of classes with more than 33 children.