Investment Opportunities for Ed Reform “Experts”

Search no further than this article, “Ed Reform Experts Descend on Detroit,” to find the root issue with the so-called “ed reform” movement.

Who are these so-called educational “experts” pointed to in the headline? (And why do business leaders get the title of “expert,” while actual educational scholars are marginalized?) Upon just a little bit of research, it turns out their background is not in education, it is, surprise, in business.

Michael Petrelli is the CEO of The Fordham Institute, a right-wing, pro-charter think tank.  His background is business, not education.

Eric Chan is, as he describes himself in the article, “an investor.” He runs charter investment growth fund and has an MBA from Harvard. No educational background other than seeing education as a means of making money.

Why are these business leaders called educational “experts” in one of Michigan’s most prominent newspapers?

Actual educational expert and scholar Paul Thomas explains it this way:  “…politicians with little or no educational expertise or experience control education policy and journalists with little or no educational expertise or experience report on both the claims made by those politicians and the education reports coming from think tanks and advocacy groups posing as scholars.”

So why are Petrelli and Chan described as experts? Because they say so. And their think tanks and  businesses say so. And, rather than critiquing or researching or questioning, the Detroit News accepts, prints and publicizes. There is no mention of the ideology of the institutions Petrelli and Chan represent. There is no mention of their backgrounds, or their own ideology.  They are just accepted as “experts.”

What does this look  like in print?

“Both experts say that Detroit has done well opening the door to charter growth, but not on pairing that growth with excellence.”

So the assumption is that opening the door to charter growth is unequivocally a good thing.

Enter Chan.

“Chan’s non-profit group funds the top charter management organizations in the country, and he’d like to get involved in Detroit.”

Now, why does Chan so much want to get involved in Detroit? It seems, in spite of the status of his institution as a non-profit, he is actually an investor running an “growth fund” that looks for opportunity to create profit.  (See this, for instance, on the Rocketship Management company Chan’s fund supports.)

As he says, “As an investor, I’m optimistic…I sense you’re heading in the right direction.”

Can’t our media do better than this?


2 responses to “Investment Opportunities for Ed Reform “Experts”

  1. Reblogged this on Crazy Normal – the Classroom Exposé and commented:
    What makes these corporate Charter RheeFormers education experts? Because they said so and that is all the media wants—fact-checking and truth be damned.

  2. Can the media do better than this? The answer is only if we get rid of the six corproae CEOs who run the six huge corporations that own and control 90% of the traditional media.

    Who are they? To keep is short, there isn’t a journalist or educator among them.

    These 6 Corporations Control 90% Of The Media In America

    1. GE (Jeffrey R. Immelt is the CEO with a annual salary of about $20 million and a net worth of $600 million. He went to Dartmouth College and graduated from there in 1978 and then went to Harvard Business School to graduate in 1982.)

    2. NewsCorp (Rupert Murdock with an annual salary of more than $33 million and a net worth of more than $14 billion. He graduated from the Worcester College, Oxford in 1953. He focused on philosophy, politics and economics.)

    3. Disney (Bob Iger is the CEO with an annual salary of more than $50 million and a net worth of $100 million—with that kind of annual salary he must be spending a lot of money or have hidden offshore accounts. He graduated with a BS from Ithaca College in 1973 )

    4. Viacom (Philippe Dauman is the CEO with an annual salary of more than $23 million and a net worth of $200 million. He graduated from Columbia University School of Law and received a B.A. from Yale.)

    5. Time Warner (Robert D. Marcus is listed as the CEO with an annual salary of more than $8.5 million but in March of 2014 it was announced that he would receive an $80 million payout if the company ended up being acquired by Comcast but the deal fell apart—he’d only been on the job 6 weeks as CEO when this was reported. For the last three years, he has also received stock awards worth almost $25 million and he has earned more than $55 million from the sale of previous stock awards. He is a graduate of Columbia University Law School known for its strength in corporate law.)

    6. CBS (Leslie Moonves is the CEO and his annual salary took a big hit in 2014 to $57.2 million down from $66 million in 2013. Do you think he applied for food stamps? His net worth is about $300 million) Moonves was an actor and bartender in New York City 1972-77 and he earned a BA in Spanish from Bucknell University in 1971.

    >The Big Six control 70% of our cable
    >3.762 businesses contribute to the other 30%
    >News Corp owns the top Newspaper on 3 continents

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