Monday, May 26, 2008
Find Out More about The Education Trust and...
Amy Wilkins at the Education Policy Blog.
Oh, did I tell you it is funded by Bill and Melinda?
To varying degrees, THE TRUST engages in one or more... activities in their efforts to influence “the opinions or behavior of people.”
For example, “leave no child behind” and “closing the achievement gap” are “appealing, simple slogans” that few people can disagree with. At the same time the “achievement gap,” as I have shown elsewhere, is an “oversimplification of a complex issue.”
Wilkins is becoming a celebrity (funded by Gates, another celebrity), traveling the country encouraging people to “jump on the bandwagon” that America’s public schools are failing and must be saved via standards-based reforms.
While THE TRUST claims to be “independent,” and “not for profit,” (and therefore above propaganda...) THE TRUST deliberately misleads voters and their representatives with narratives that are “sometimes convincing,” but “not necessarily valid.”