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Murdoch seeks to turn a profit on the 'education market'

Technology-based approaches that don't consider social factors are 'doomed to fail'.

Hing: For entrepreneurs big and small, public school reform has become a prime business opportunity.October 20, 2011: The prospects are grim for our children's education if Rupert Murdoch is allowed to have his way, insinuates Julianne Hing of ColorLines on AlterNet. Hing shows how the privatization argument can be seductive, but reminds us that opponents of market-based education reform are able to present facts to support their views and oppose the right's faulty ideology.

"Banish the image of a classic American classroom from your mind — chalkboard, desks and all. The future of education has arrived, and next-era classrooms look like, well, call centres: students seated at individual corrals, some with headphones on, being taught and drilled on quadratic equations while a teacher monitors their progress from behind her own computer. With such individualized learning, students can absorb and master subjects 'tailored to their pace and needs'.

"That was the picture painted by billionaire businessman Rupert Murdoch when he spoke last week at a two-day conference in San Francisco hosted by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's education reform outfitÂ…"

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Posted: November 02, 2011

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