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|Posted By: Allen Lambert on January 21, 2012|
|The reviewer asserts, "It is astounding the extent to which public schools are controlled by private interests such as publishing, food, and pharmaceutical companies, for-profit education management organizations, and corporate lobbyists. However, the stealth onslaught of privatization and commercialization of this vital institution should come as no surprise given that education reform over the past three decades has been masterminded, in large part behind closed doors, by a handful of corporate executives, politicians, and media moguls who have profited handsomely from the over $600 billion-a-year education industrial complex."|
What I find "astounding" is the extent to which this kind of view gets promoted with so little systematic evidence.
As a social scientist having served on many years on a school board, done a large comparative study of school board decision making (including several states), taught in public and private schools, a public school teacher spouse of 35 years, I find very little influence on our public schooling by "food, pharmaceutical companies, for-profit management", etc.