Hot-air propaganda du jour alert; those who are paid to promote Ed deform are apparently now angry at John Oliver.
Here is what John Oliver said:
And of course these folks who speak ill of his common sense don’t want you to know its because they’re paid to do so.
“Poor John Oliver. After he did a segment on the insanity of our nation’s testing machine, the field of education’s only multi-million dollar blog, The Education Post, has taken after him with a vengeance. Oliver joins others with the nerve to question the nation’s obsession with standardized tests in being declared an enemy of the poor.”
We call foul.
We are tired of the paid shills.
Teacher, parent and school advocate Luz Christina Ramirez-Mooney writes;
“Peter Cunningham, (@PCunningham57) got $12 million from the Broad and Walton foundations to hire freshly graduated externs with no teaching experience to write “hit” pieces on any criticisms of the reform agenda. That speaks volumes about how frightened they are of the power of the grassroots movement pushing back on ed reform.
Education Post, StudentsFirst, Teach for America, Democrats for Education Reform–they are all astro turf organizations backed by billionaires intent on destroying public education.”
We agree. People who are paid to promote high stakes testing and the corporate take over of public schools are the ones throwing poor children under the bus. Not the parent groups that are fighting, sans reimbursement, for a fair and appropriate education for all.
This is what the very, very strongly fiscally backed Ed Post who is claiming to want a “real education conversation”, is saying about the poor, poor.
Let us learn more about Education Post:
There’s a new nonprofit in town, boys and girls. It is called Education Post, and it has appointed itself the arbiter of “a new education conversation.”
The model of altruism, prudence and efficiency, these folks collected $12 million at start-up– to offer a blog….
But will this site actually foster genuine conversation on education issues? I’m thinking– no.
Consider the funders of this delightful new venture: Broad, Walton, a “mystery donor” (oh, could it, could it possibly be Gates?? Nothing appears on the Gates grants search engine, but let us keep our eyes peeled), and Bloomberg Philanthropies– as in former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg— whose “mayoral control” of NYC education resulted in no “closing” of any “achievement gap.” McKinsey and Company Director D. Ronald Daniel, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, former TFA international CEO and Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson, and former NYC Chancellor (and Bloomberg appointee) Dennis Walcott all sit on the Bloomberg board.
Now, this is the crew funding a so-called education “conversation.” Unbridled confidence abounds.
And get this: The “organization leader” is Peter Cunningham– described by Washington Post reporter Lyndsey Layton as “the former communications guru for US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan”–the same Arne Duncan who pulled Oklahoma’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) “waiver” from the ridiculous “goal” of “100 percent proficiency in English and math by 2014″– set by a former president who was himself a C student placed into Yale because his family attended for generations— and why??”
This isn’t imagined. It’s a complete corporate takeover of education as facilitated by the Feds.
“What will $12 million get you? How about a “conversation about education?”
That’s what a new organization, Education Post, aims to get for its “initial grants,” courtesy of, according to education reporter Lindsay Layton of The Washington Post, ” the Broad Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Walton Family Foundation, and an anonymous donor.”
This is not a “conversation”. This is propaganda and rhetoric quite uncleverly disguised.
Let’s call a spade a spade. Parents are rich only in morals and love. A stark contrast to these people who can’t possibly sleep at night. And if they can, we have to wonder if the money was worth the selling of their souls.
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