Get sick, get well
Hang around a ink well
Ring bell, hard to tell
If anything is goin' to sell
-- Bob Dylan

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

NBC's Education Nation: Corporate reform's star-studded agenda

NBC's ed extravaganza is essentially a bought and paid-for showcase for ownership society school reform. Leading off on Monday morning, the Buffett family -- Warren (Birkshire Hathaway), Susie, and Susan A. Buffett, representing the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, being interviewed by Tom Brokaw.

Other corporate reform superstars filling the agenda: John "the man from Gates" Deasy, Debprah ("fire 'em all, let God sort 'em out") Gist , Ben Austin (Parent R-r-r-revolution), Newark Mayor Cory Booker, and of course Arne Duncan.

But don't worry. There's a few good folks, like Pedro Noguera and Phillip Jackson (Chicago's Black Star Project) sprinkled in. I think I even saw a teacher listed somewhere on the agenda. But no Pasi Sahlberg from Finland, who really shook things up last year. I don't expect any such dissonance this time around.

Hey, what happened to Waiting for Superman star Michelle Rhee and fiance Mayor K.J. (Will they ever tie the knot?)? Geoffrey Canada? Joel (the man from Murdoch) Klein? How the mighty have fallen.

Wait! Is that NEA prez Dennis Van Roekel and TFA's Wendy Kopp being interviewed by Ann Curry? I'm starstruck.

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