Where do I start with this chowderhead?
- Let's just stop this crap about failings in the education system suppressing upward mobility. There are many, many well-educated people out there who can't get decent jobs. The idea that if they only had gone to better public schools they would be living the sweet life is patently ridiculous.
Income inequity, fostered by a government bought and paid for by the obscenely wealthy (like Murdoch) is what is suppressing demand and keeping people from getting good jobs. An insanely regressive tax system has been withholding the funds necessary to provide for basic needs in infrastructure and services and instead has allowed Murdoch and his ilk to pocket money that could otherwise be put to productive use.
Public education has nothing to do with any of this; it's merely the latest scapegoat used to keep Americans from pointing a finger of blame at the aristocrats like Murdoch.
- If Rupert Murdoch really cares about "performance," why does he continue to fund a losing proposition like the Fox Business Network? Why does he continue to support Glenn Beck, who can't get a mainstream sponsor to save his life?
Because Murdoch doesn't care about "performance" - he cares about promoting an ideology that masks his insatiable greed. Bashing teachers is part of that agenda.
- I don't want to hear anything even remotely implying a closing of the American mind from a guy who foisted Fox News upon the world. Or the pablum that passes for "entertainment" that Fox Studios has churned out over the years. Or newspapers for the functionally illiterate like The Sun and The NY Post.
The dumbing-down of America is far more a product of the swill Murdoch churns out every day than it is a failure of the public education system.
- Finally: American Idol sucks. It has for a long, long time. If it was a decent evaluator of singing ability, Chris Daughtry would have won in a landslide and we'd never even know the name Taylor Hicks.
But that's the standard Murdoch sets for evaluating teachers: conventional garbage wins, true talent loses.