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For-profit education leaves kids behind

The pineapple-sized thorn in America's side.

Collins: Public education involves not just parents, children and teachers, but big private profits.April 27, 2012: Gail Collins of the New York Times shows how for-profit enterprise has taken over the American public education system. From online and charter schools to textbooks to standardized tests to after-school tutoring programs, No Child Left Behind has mainly benefited private pockets.

"Let's talk about talking pineapples.

Actually (spoiler alert!) I'm going to use the pineapple as a sneaky way to introduce the topic of privatization of public education. I was driven to this. Do you know how difficult it is to get anybody to read about "privatization of education?" It's hell. A pineapple, on the other hand, is something everybody likes. It's a symbol of hospitality. Its juice is said to remove warts. And you really cannot beat the talking-fruit angle.

This month, New York eighth graders took a standardized English test that included a story called "The Hare and the PineappleĀ…'"

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Posted: May 10, 2012

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