We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
More on that, Obama $65 MILLION quid-pro-quo Common Core Publishing Scheme
To be clear here, though the reports are of $350 million going to the Penguin Group for the Common Core initiative are staggering, there is far more government money at stake. The Penguin Group has a stranglehold on educational material that is in our educational system via a menagerie of subsidiaries.Michelle Obama’s book is now standard reading for college curriculum’s .Here are the top 20 educational publishers that are in this sector and here are the linked via subsidiary interests to the Penguin Group of this list:
In summary, after the sale of McGraw-Hill education division to Private Equity firm Apollo Global Management, there are now the “big three” of educational publishers. The others are Pearson and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, itself a subsidiary of a private equity firm. News Corporation, the international media conglomerate, looking to get in the act as well. Back in 2012, all four of those companies have made major financial and personnel moves, as they jockey for position in an increasingly digitized market that is also bracing for the upcoming Common Core State Standards. These companies in effect have a fist tight control of the education materials our children consume – paid of course by you and your tax dollars.
Good post. The funny thing is that the textbooks from those publishers are terrible! Kids groan with boredom when they look at them. There really is no need for specially designed textbooks anymore. We've got "publishing on demand" with millions of titles that are a lot more fun and interesting than those horrible "educational" books. A school could easily put together a list of books for each class. And the kids would be a lot happier. But then Penguin couldn't "donate" ten thousand dollars to the cheer leading team.
This is very good news. I hope it spreads. I'm a strong proponent of public funding of private education. Admittedly, I would benefit from it quite a bit because we homeschool, but I would be okay with a disqualification for homeschool if that meant it could happen.
I assume that VT is a liberal and union-friendly state. I'm surprised to read about this. Try bringing it up to almost anyone and they freak out with the most outlandish responses. "You don't support educating children!?" "You only want rich kids to go to school!?"
We are beginning to think that a school environment might suit our oldest son better than homeschool, but he'd still be better off getting behind at home than being in a government school. We aren't poor by any stretch, but we're a single income family with a somewhat low salary. If we get him enrolled in the relatively cheap parrish school it means that we choose between debt or saving little to nothing. The school costs significantly less than our state average funding of $10,000 per student per year. And there are no cheap Catholic schools in our area after 8th grade.