Published Online: November 13, 2012
Published in Print: November 14, 2012, as Who Profits From Education Reform?


Who Profits From Education Reform?

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To the Editor:

I agree with Cheryl Scott Williams' assessment regarding school reform ("School Reform, But From Whose Perspective?" Oct. 17, 2012). I am in my 26th year in public education. As a teacher and now a principal, I have come to the conclusion that most education reform has been well-intentioned until very recently.

After the launch of Sputnik in 1957, education reform was fueled by national-security concerns or the concerns of the Business Roundtable. While these efforts were not student-centered, at least they were not motivated strictly by personal profit.

The last 10 years have seen for-profit school models emerge along with an unprecedented amount of influence centralized in a few educational technology and textbook companies.

What we really need to do is take what Ms. Williams says one step further and ask the question: Who profits financially from education reform?

John Schuler
Osage Trail Middle School
Independence, Mo.

Vol. 32, Issue 12, Page 26

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