RIFuture.org has a transcript. It's really unbelievable:
It's especially solid when you can get reformyists like Michele Rhee to go around the country and buy up state legislatures for your sector - all while claiming, "It's for the kids!"
What a steaming plie of dung. How much more proof do we need that "successful" charters don't serve the same students as public schools? Bruce Baker has another post today about charters, this time in New York and Houston. No, they aren't miracle schools - and they're not replicable. Why, then, would we want taxpayer dollars going toward the profits of these charter banksters?
All this comes right off the heels of an interview with Joel Klein where he appears to push video games for teaching history:
He said digital materials can engage students in history, science and other subjects. He envisions students reading the Gettysburg Address and clicking on the words "Four score and seven years ago" to learn why Abraham Lincoln traced the nation's birth to the Declaration of Independence. Then they might fight the Battle of Gettysburg themselves.
Way to set that bar high, Joel; I'm sure giving your boss, Rupert Murdoch, even more taxpayer dollars for vaguely defined junk like this will work wonders in the schools."If games will get them engaged in the work and excited about it, isn't that great? If they're educational games," Klein said. "I don't want them to sit there and play Minesweeper."
We also recently had the big conference where investors unashamedly admitted they want to privatize education to maximize their profits:
I don't ever want to hear anyone again tell me that there isn't a push to turn our schools into a publicly funded profit-making complex, like the military and the health care sector. The people who are pushing this stuff are now freely admitting that this is their goal. They want every school in America to become Haliburton High.In the venture capital world, transactions in the K-12 education sector soared to a record $389 million last year, up from $13 million in 2005. That includes major investments from some of the most respected venture capitalists in Silicon Valley, according to GSV Advisors, an investment firm in Chicago that specializes in education.
The goal: an education revolution in which public schools outsource to private vendors such critical tasks as teaching math, educating disabled students, even writing report cards, said Michael Moe, the founder of GSV.
"It's time," Moe said. "Everybody's excited about it." [emphasis mine]
But you don't have to take my word for it: they've said it themselves. Repeatedly. It's idiotic to deny it.
It's NOT all about the kids.
Update: Now with correctly spelled title!
Update again: The typos are getting out of control. I need a break...