[emphasis mine]If I were one of these kids, I'd be demanding a lot more than a mere $20. KIPP pulls in lots of government funds for each student they take, plus a mess of private donations. They were a $60 million business in 2010, with six-figure executives running the show. Seems to me that twenty bucks is chicken feed when you consider what's at stake for the adults.
I mean, if you're going to teach kids life is all about money, you may as well teach them to play hardball, right?
Apparently, "good things" doesn't mean an intrinsic love of learning, or pride in accomplishment, or developing strong civic values. "Good things" is money, pure and simple. The adults sure get their share when the kids all conform and fill in the bubbles correctly; we're just giving the tots a little taste so they salivate when their masters ring the bell.
This was inevitable. When corporate values guide schools, materialism will reign supreme. Good luck building a democracy, America, when we teach our kids at the earliest age that their entire worth can be expressed with pictures of dead presidents.