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.
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…
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