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

Saturday, September 15, 2012

NCTQ Is An Advocacy Group for Corporate Education Reform--Someone Tell the NYTimes

For years I've continued to watch the New York Times pretend they believe that the morally-compromised Kate Walsh and National Council on Teacher Quality represent a "nonprofit, nonpartisan research group," when, in fact, they would know if have visited the NCTQ website that even NCTQ admits that 
The National Council on Teacher Quality advocates for reforms in a broad range of teacher policies at the federal, state and local levels in order to increase the number of effective teachers. . .
NCTQ is funded by corporate money for corporate reasons and run by corporate acolytes.  NCTQ is a corporate education advocacy think thank fronting as a legitimate research firm.  But this kind of deception is in the NCTQ's DNA, which goes back to the early Bush days when it was formed with some those same discretionary millions that formed the phony teacher credentialing outfit, ABCTE, which was a partner of NCTQ for several years.  See Source Watch for more sordid details.

Just to give you an idea of who NCTQ pals around with, here are just a few of the more notable Notables on the Board of Advisors:


Michael Barber, Partner and Global Head of Education, McKinsey & Company
Roy E. Barnes, Partner, The Barnes Law Group
Cynthia G. Brown, Director of Education Policy, Center for American Progress
David Chard, Dean, School of Education and Human Development, Southern Methodist University
Andrew Chen, President, EduTron
Celine Coggins, Founder and CEO, Teach Plus
Michael Feinberg, Founder, KIPP
Michael Goldstein, CEO and Founder, The Match School, Massachusetts
Eric A. Hanushek, Senior Fellow, The Hoover Institution
Joseph A. Hawkins, Senior Study Director, Westat
Frederick M. Hess, Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Paul T. Hill, Director, Center for Reinventing Public Education
E.D. Hirsch, Author and Founder, Core Knowledge Foundation
Barry Kaufman, President, BK Education Consulting Services
Frank Keating, President and CEO, American Council of Life Insurers
Martin J. Koldyke, Founder and Chairman, Academy for Urban School Leadership
Wendy Kopp, CEO and Founder, Teach For America
Tom Lasley, Executive Director, EDvention
Deborah McGriff, Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund
Ellen Moir, Executive Director, New Teacher Center
Robert H. Pasternack, Vice President, Voyager Expanded Learning
Michael Podgursky, Professor, Dept. of Economics, U. of Missouri-Columbia
Michelle Rhee, Founder and CEO, StudentsFirst
Stefanie Sanford, Director, US Program Policy & Advocacy, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Suzanne Wilson, Professor and Chair, Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University

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