Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Murphy's Law - The Man With the Gold Makes the Rules
I've just been reading how Facebook wunderkind Zuckerberg has instituted his new ideas and technology into the classroom yet again. http://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2016/5/5/fresh-start-the-chan-zuckerberg-initiative-and-the-new-era-o.html (His iniatives failed in Newark.) Zuckerberg's plans are part and parcel of a large crazy quilt stitched by numerous well intentioned (?) billionaires https://www.thenation.com/article/the-superrich-have-found-a-new-way-to-wield-political-power-philanthropy/ . Gates' wanting small schools; federal money from billionaires tied into testing; education corporations setting the dispersal of facts to be used in their subpar textbooks and setting the goals of professional development; and a billionaire mayor working for a single dollar facilitating those goals. Is it really philanthropy, if there are strings attached? Why should someone who has billions be given more credence than experts? Education is a public institution and should not be sold or tampered with, without any regard to the consequences. Murphy's law should not be applicable in regards to public education, but it most certainly is. Zuckerberg's iniatives are in charter schools for now, but I'm sure they will be making a visit to all of us in the near future.