It is a well known fact that students who attend our union-stifled public schools are ill prepared for their future careers—at Walmart. That is why Walmart is leading the effort to fix our failing schools by introducing some much needed competition into the public education monopoly. Much like shoppers at Walmart have a choice of many different Chinese-made goods, education consumers will soon have a veritable all-you-can-eat buffet of edu-choices. All this is thanks to the efforts of the Walton Family Foundation, which has plunked down a cool $1 billion worth of Walmart profits to transphorm public education. Continue reading
Reader: the rich are different from you and me. For starters they REALLY want to bring freshness and innovation to the public schools they didn’t attend—and they have the dough to realize their dream of a world in which every minority child will be taught by a young white teacher traverse the achievement gap with panache.
But it turns out that the species known as homo job creator-us may be handing down more than trust funds and horsemanship to their offspring. Like a Habsburg chin, a passion for education rephorm can also be passed from generation to generation. Continue reading
Regular readers know that EduShyster is WILD about Democrats for Education Reform, young country clubbers who bring the same laser-like focus to closing the achievement gap that they once brought to their squash and lacrosse matches. Today we turn our attention to DFER Man’s striving younger sibling: Students for Education Reform.
SFER’s story will sound instantly familiar to anyone who has ever been a young campus activist, fueled by little more than righteous passion and the occasional spleef. This ragtag group got its start just last year, and within months found itself with a posh Manhattan address, a board heavy with venture capitalists and hedge funders, and “amazing partners” like–drumroll please–Stand for Children, Teach for America and 50CAN, which bills itself as the 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now and operates something called 50CAN University or “Hogworts for Ed Reformers.” Continue reading