How Online Learning Companies Bought America's Schools | The Nation | Innovations in e-Learning | Scoop.it

Under the banner of high-tech progress, corporate lobbyists have rammed through legislation privatizing K-12 education across the country—with help from all the key right-wing players."

"Rather than “intellectualize ourselves into the [education reform] debate…is there a way that we can get into it at an emotional level?” Berman asked. “Emotions will stay with people longer than concepts.” He then answered his own question: “We need to hit on fear and anger. Because fear and anger stays with people longer. And how you get the fear and anger is by reframing the problem.” Berman’s glossy ads, which have run in Washington, DC, and New Jersey, portray teachers unions as schoolyard bullies. One spot even seems to compare teachers to child abusers. Although Berman does not reveal his donors, he made clear in his talk that the foundations in the room were supporting his campaign."