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Thompson: Using Philanthropy As A Trojan Horse

RupertLee Fang's "How Online Learning Companies Bought America's Schools, in The Nation, provides the reminder that educators need regarding the primary threat to public education.  Since the election of Barack Obama, teachers have concentrated on attacks on unions and the micromanaging of schooling from the Left.  Fang, however, reminds us that it the Right that is most skillful in using philanthropy as "a Trojan horse" in order to destroy schools as we know them.  The biggest danger is the alliance between "the billionaires boys club" and corporate-types like Rupert Murdoch who see schools as a $500 billion untapped market. Fang cites the political advice of one "reformer," Richard Berman, "rather than 'intellectualize ourselves into the [education reform] debate…is there a way that we can get into it at an emotional level?'"  Berman then added, “we need to hit on fear and anger. Because fear and anger stays with people longer." Berman has run glossy ads in Washington, DC. and New Jersey that portray teachers unions as schoolyard bullies and one even seems to compare teachers to child abusers.-JT (@drjohnthompson)Image via.

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I'm surprised you allowed Dr. Thompson to post this, given your stalwart defense of many of these plutocrats right here in this very blog.

Berman is a lobbyist who has long been notorious for attacking any regulations on tobacco, drinking and driving, and unhealthy foods. He uses charming tactics such as putting up a web page about the weight problems of one healthy food advocate. So it's very revealing that his philosophies and tactics fit in so smoothly with the ethics and principles (or rather lack thereof) of the fake-reformers in education.

Philanthropy etymologically means "the love of humanity"—love in the sense of caring for, nourishing, developing, or enhancing; humanity in the sense of "what it is to be human," or "human potential." In modern practical terms

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