It is a sorry state of affairs but American media always shows one side of the story. It never gives you both sides. Case in point. NBC’s Education Summit taking place this October. This is like the Economic Summit in Geneva which gathers a lot of players together to determine the nature of the worlds economy on a global scale. This educational summit is supposed to do that for the American educational system. Except it doesn’t.
It is like playing craps with loaded dice.
Here is the list of all those attending….
Let us categorize it for you.
Think Tank Floosies and Paid Consultants:
Sara Martinez Tucker CEO, National Math + Science Initiative
Melody Barnes Chair, Forum for Community Solutions & CEO, Melody Barnes Solutions, LLC
David Coleman President and Chief Executive Officer, The College Board
Jonah Edelman Co-Founder and CEO, Stand for Children
Anne T. Henderson Author, Beyond the Bake Sale and Senior Consultant, Annenberg Institute for School Reform
Jon Schnur Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, America Achieves
Joel Rose Co-Founder and CEO, New Classrooms Innovation Partners
Paul Pastorek Former Louisiana State Superintendent of Education and Member Emeritus, Chiefs for Change
Robert Wrubel Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Vice President, Apollo Group
Corporate Buy In’s
Timothy M. Armstrong Chairman and CEO, AOL
Ben Kaufman Founder and CEO, Quirky
Joel Klein CEO, Amplify
Jose Ferreira Founder and CEO, Knewton
Olympic Gold Medalist
Allyson Felix Olympic Gold Medalist
Deborah Loewenberg Ball Dean, School of Education, University of Michigan
Dr. Phil Fisher Psychologist and Professor, University of Oregon
Freeman A. Hrabowski, III President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Caroline Hoxby Scott and Donya Bommer Professor in Economics, Stanford University
David Kirp Author, Improbable Scholars and Professor of Public Policy, UC-Berkeley
Paul J. LeBlanc President, Southern New Hampshire University
Dr. Andre Perry Founding Dean of Urban Education, Davenport University
Dr. Daniel R. Porterfield President, Franklin & Marshall College
Dr. William Schmidt University Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University
Charter School Investors
Diane Tavenner Founder and CEO, Summit Public Schools
Educational Non Profits For Hire
Susan Benedetto Co-Founder and Board President, Exploring the Arts
Tony Bennett Singer and Co-Founder and Board Member, Exploring the Arts
Dr. Pamela Cantor Founder, President and CEO, Turnaround for Children, Inc.
Marian Wright Edelman Founder and President, The Children’s Defense Fund
Goldie Hawn Actress and Founder and Board Chair, The Hawn Foundation
David Shapiro President and CEO, National Mentoring Partnership
Dr. Dana L. Suskind Director and Founder, Thirty Million Words Program
Dennis Van Roekel President, National Education Association
Randi Weingarten President, American Federation of Teachers
Anant Agarwal President, edX
Debra Eschmeyer Co-Founder and VP of External Affairs, FoodCorps
Dr. Irwin Redlener President and Co-Founder, Children’s Health Fund
Governors and Future and Former Governors:
Steve Beshear Governor of Kentucky
Michael Bloomberg Mayor of New York City
Jeb Bush Former Governor of Florida
Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. President, Purdue University
Bobby Jindal Governor of Louisiana
Svante Myrick Mayor of Ithaca
Jack Markell Governor of Delaware
Deval Patrick Governor of Massachusetts
Mike Pence Governor of Indiana
Investment Houses of Wall Street
Lloyd Blankfein CEO and Chairman, Goldman Sachs
Ron Conway Angel Investor
Deborah Quazzo Founder and Managing Partner, GSV Advisors
People Who Actually Teach For A Career
Michele Brooks Assistant Superintendent, Family and Student Engagement, Boston Public Schools
Syrena Burnam Science Teacher, North Star Academy (Charter)
Dr. Peter DeWitt Principal, Poestenkill Elementary School
Tanisha Kwaaning Teacher and OneGoal Program Director, Christian Fenger Academy High School
Dr. Meria Joel Carstarphen Superintendent, Austin Independent School District
Dr. John E. Deasy Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District
Dr. William R. Hite, Jr. Superintendent, School District of Philadelphia
Dr. Joshua P. Starr Superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools
Amanda Ripley Author, The Smartest Kids in the World and TIME Investigative Journalist
M. Night Shyamalan Screenwriter, Director and Producer; Author, I Got Schooled
Harriet Dichter Executive Director, Delaware Office of Early Learning
Arne Duncan U.S. Secretary of Education
Dr. Anthony Marx President and CEO, The New York Public Library
Evelyne Santiago City Year Corps Member
Brenda Van Gorder Director of Preschool Services, Granite School District
Dennis Walcott Chancellor, New York City Department of Education
Sean P. “Jack” Buckley Commissioner, National Center for Education Statistics
Jay Jefferson Parent and PTA President, Coral Gables, FL
That about does it.
This is almost as one sided as one could get.
- Is there anyone who supports the Finnish Method Educational system? No.
- Is there anyone who supports giving public teachers more tools to work with, yes it costs money? No.
- Is there anyone who thinks charters have ruined Public Schoolsby taking funds away from them? No.
- Is there anyone who thinks that poverty is the root cause of our low scores? No.
- Is there anyone who thinks that holding teachers accountable to a standardized test is silly? No.
- Is there anyone who thinks that there is no current crises in education? No.
- Is there anyone who does not stand to profit financially from the continuation of throwning massive amounts of money towards Common Core? No.
This is similar to forming a committee to choose the best NFL rookie coach and making sure all its members are tied to the Philadelphia Eagles.
This is similar to forming a committee to choose Miss America and making sure all its judges come from the great state of Wyoming.
This is similar to forming a committee to choose the Oscars, and making sure all its voters have been affiliated with Peter Jackson films.
This is similar to forming a committee to choose the AVA, and making sure all its voters are under the age of 14, and,… are girls.
NBC has lost all credibility in their attempt to pull this off. The only reason they could get away with it and not be pilloried as they should be if they had tried the same with either football, beauty pageants, movies, or musical videos,… is that most Americans have no clue who these people are.
They are people who could care less about children. Children to them, are things that they should get paid for.
Let me end with a question. How can any news organization, tasked with providing the American Public the breadth of all options in order to balance the propaganda that will always be spewed from those in power, capitulate so thoroughly to the “official line” of those they are supposed to watch ?
The fight to get both sides of the issue before the American Public…. continues…