School of Thought column at TIME this week takes a look at this morning’s big GE announcement – and it is big, $18 million is a lot – and why it’s significant. For all the talk about “corporate education reform,” it’s actually pretty rare. Can GE bring Common Core to Life?
This morning the GE Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the multinational General Electric Company, announced a landmark $18 million investment to support state implementation of the new Common Core standards and train teachers how to use them. It is sure to set off alarm bells among critics of education reform who worry that too many companies are trying to treat school productivity like a business problem. But the truth is the GE gift is a reminder of how rare meaningful corporate involvement actually is.
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5 Replies to “Corporate Education Reform? Where?”
to see some of the real skinny on teaching. A profession being reduced to factory worker status.
About GE. Sorry, I’m not biting on that one. Once again, a big corporation is providing money not to teachers but to a non-profit organization who will, by magic, make their wisdom known to 6,000,000+ teachers. Right.
A couple of months ago, the owner of Zappos.com announced that he was making a large donation ($1 million)to Teach for America to help “improve” the quality of teaching here in Vegas. While this “seems” as noble as the GE contribution, I do question the sincerity of such contributions. I think it is done for publicity purposes (and the subsequent tax write off) more so than to actually improve the quality of education. As both a small business owner as well as a teacher, it is impossible to treat the two the same.
Thanks Phillip–I’ve been looking for just that kind of evidence for weeks now! It’s so frustrating knowing what’s going on all around us but having trouble finding the actual data. Now, what do we do with this evidence? Oh, and I can’t tell you the ‘big boys’ in my state have told me either it’s nothing to worry about or it’s not really happening.