The Lie and Disgrace that is NBC’s Education Nation

September 22, 2013

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The yearly corporate sponsored corporate education reform propaganda extravaganza Education Nation sinks lower and lower and as it does so it showers the American people with greater and greater corporate contempt. Here is an event that is billed as a “summit” of educational leaders that, as far as I can see, includes not a single teacher in a position of prominence or authority. (Sorry Weingarten and Walcott, you don’t count.)
Here is an event beamed out across America that includes not a single dissenting voice from the “reformers “ increasingly reckless experiments on American children such as the deceitfully named Common Core State Standards.
Here is an event in which the promoters are not satisfied with merely elevating non-educator hucksters like Joel Klein, (billed as the CEO of education techno firm Amplify) or David Coleman (no longer known as “the architect “ of the Common Core but rather as President and Chief Educative Officer of the College Board ) to the level of expertise but also adds the educational wisdom of non-educator Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs, and non-educator politicians like Mike Bloomberg, Jeb Bush, Arne Duncan, and Bobby Jindal.

For a final spit in the face of American parents there is the inexplicable inclusion of filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, singer Tony Bennett, and actress/comedienne Goldie Hawn.

Well, why not? If Joel Klein can use the “summit” on education to shill for Rupert Murdoch and Jeb Bush use it as an avenue to the presidency, why shouldn’t poor Goldie Hawn use it to get herself back into the public eye?
In short, here is a lineup for an event that is so ridiculous that it is impossible to parody.
And it would be funny if the stakes were not so high.
But they are.
A “summit” on education that is not merely not based on the experience and knowledge of teachers like Susan Ohanian but actively exclude teachers such as Ohanian is beyond a farce.

A “summit” on education that pretends to discuss “active parenting” and does not include the likes of Leonie Haimson and Class Size Matters is a sin.

A “summit” on education that does not include the political insights of Lois Weiner is a disgrace. A “ summit” on education that does not include the voice and vision of CORE’s Karen Lewis is a sham.

A “summit” on any aspect of education today that systemically excludes the moral and intellectual authority of Diane Ravitch is simply a lie and it should be identified as such.

And this should be done again and again and again and in any way, shape, or form that people who are meant to be brainwashed by this egregious show of money and influence will understand. NBC and the forces that created this thing are counting on our silence. We must not be so.

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5 Responses to “The Lie and Disgrace that is NBC’s Education Nation”


  1. […] of the risible weeklong billionaire backed infomercial for public school privatization called “Education Nation, ” featuring Goldie […]

  2. Mike Says:

    With all due respect Patrick, you named some worthy people that should be on the forum, but we need active public school rank and file educators on there too. To have a panel on education without one active teacher is a sham. I also want one of the veteran principals- like Carol, and at least one public school high school student and CUNY student .

    • patrickwalsh Says:

      I agree. I was trying to say that any forum not based on teachers as well as the other figures was a lie. Perhaps I was not as claer as I should have been but your point is very well taken.

      • Mike Says:

        Patrick Walsh, Julie Cavanagh, James Eterno, Kit Wainer, any of the above would make a fine panelist and the only one to offer REAL perspective – at least one rep from the MORE, only union group that speaks for working educators- because that’s what they are. Randi is about as “reformy” as anyone on that sham panel. She endorses common core, RTTT, merit pay, charters, and APPR


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