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

Tuesday, May 02, 2023

Jeb Bush and Reed Hastings' New TN Commissioner of Education

Though Gov. Bill Lee knows much more about welding and breeding cows than he does about governance, education, health care, etc., he has a coonhound's keen sense for picking up and following political money trails.  And having been seriously stung during his recent nosing around the "Christian" nationalists' hornet's nest at Hillsdale College, Lee is once again back on the main track to the money tree.  Having found that the MAGA trail ended at the edge of the cliff, it's obvious that Lee hopes to find a new big-dog enclosure to call home once this particular money hunt is concluded.

It's not surprising to see Bill Lee's that new Education Commissioner, Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds, was most recently serving as a VP on the Board of ExcelinEd, a corporate education political sludge tank in Florida where failed corporate education reform misleaders and their retired political tools go to be rehabbed and promoted all over again for a new generation. ExcelinEd luminaries include Mr. McChoakumchild himself, Joel Klein, along with Jeb Bush, Chris Cerf, Eric Cantor, etc.

As you would expect, Ms. Reynolds (or is that Mrs. Reynolds?) is dedicated to corporate welfare charter schools, religious indoctrination schools paid for with public vouchers, testing, grade retention, and other corporate reform tools with proven records of demoralizing, humiliating, and oppressing the poor, brown, and black.

Ms. Reynolds has a bachelor's degree in PoliSci and has recently completed a four-year program at the Pahara Institute, where founder, Kim Smith (of New Schools Venture Fund Fame), and Reed Hastings (Netflix billionaire and education oppressor) prepare a new generation of misleaders schooled in the black arts of exploiting democratic institutions to perpetuate inequality, white privilege, and the unrestrained greed of American capitalism.

So be ready for the same old ed reform clown car, with more stale air pumped into its flat tires, along with new make-up and wardrobe for the same old clowns.  Will Margaret Spellings be the last one to climb out of the back seat and will she have named her own replacement??

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