Stephen Downes

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This is an excellent article detailing the development of Bridge International Academies, dubbed "chicken coops for kids," by two Harvard graduates, and the scandals and abuse that followed. The model was based on keeping costs for buildings low and costs for teachers even lower. The company was funded by the usual investors in private education - Chan Zuckerberg, Gates, the World Bank - "opening hundreds of schools across Kenya and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as India." The idea was to standardize everything - from the buildings to the lessons distributed to students on tablets. A McDonalds for schools. An Uber for education, and like Uber, ignoring the regulations designed to keep students safe. A World Bank president  called it "the Tesla of education companies" in 2017. Then - inevitably - came the scandals and the abuse. Via Ben Williamson.

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