Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

I think it's important to point to this post because these think tanks - not only AIMS, but also the Frontier Institute, the Fraser Institute, C.D.Howe, etc. - get a lot of media coverage, far more than anyone else. They have a specific agenda, which is made clear here. "They are determined to create a model of schools competing against each other for students, where a teachers’ worth is measured by test scores, and where public money is used to fund private schools." This is not an evidence-based or research-based advocacy; it is purely political. What evidence exists suggests that such an approach would be a dismal failure. I would be happy - overjoyed, even - to publish a counterpoint for every bit of coverage these institutes receive, but our corporate-owned media doesn't roll that way. Never has. Never will.

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