Diane Ravitch wisely chose to feature Ken Previti’s blog post on turning children into profit centers.
Ken, Illinois retiree now living in Florida, is a member of our unofficial Constitution Bloggers Association.
Once people realize that their own children are being experimented upon and used for profits, the greed grab will end. The testing craze, the corporate education reform industry, the for-profit and non-profit charter industry, the online educational programing business, etc. will dwindle and either die out or become minuscule.
The profit margins are estimated, the marketing planned, and the technologies used to lure parents into believing that purchasable technology and the education of their children are one and the same thing – all of these and more are planned with little or no long term proof or assurances that children will benefit as little human beings. Create a brand. Do market research. Sell-Sell-Sell. Use fear marketing or exclusive-limited-edition appeal – whatever. Sell-Sell-Sell. (Edu-Brands: InBloom. Pearson, KIIP, Broad, White Hat, Uno, K12 Inc., etc.)
Advertise a lottery with only a “few lucky winners” with fancy electronic devices and infotainment that will dazzle everyone. Sell it as Superman and more! Present “reform” on every talk show and news hour segment between the weather and the Kardashians.
How much in potential profit is at stake? $$$$$$$$$$$$ Billions. Federal and state tax “incentives” guarantee that these testing/textbook/online-programming corporations will double their money within a few years. Guaranteed. (See HERE.)
Democracy is being sold one school at a time. (Wholesale numbers and prices are available in Chicago and Philadelphia. Suburban and rural communities are piecemeal.)
Read the entire post here.