Jul 10 2015

When Candidates Talk Education, Media Rarely Go Beyond Buzzwords

Hillary Clinton (photo: Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist/NYT)

Buzzwords and phrases like “accountability,” “Common Core” and “school choice” abound in media coverage of candidates’ education policy, with little explanation provided to actually unpack what it means that a candidate is pro or con these things.

Jun 03 2015

Friedman Turns Baltimore Uprising Into Commercial for Wife’s Charter School

Waiting for Superman: Charter lottery, Harlem Success Academy

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman reached a new low, exploiting the Baltimore Uprising to run a rather shameless commercial for his wife’s charter school organization.

Jan 01 2015

Spinning Tuition Hikes as a Clash of Politicians

California's privatization drive escapes scrutiny

UC Berkeley, tuition hikes

Corporate media did little to contextualize the University of California tuition hikes within the regents’ broader turn toward privatization. Nor did they report on the robust student movement against privatization that contributed to student mobilization.

May 01 2014

Kids of Color as Props in Charter School Drama

Two white public figures square off in managed debate

Education NYC

This microcosm of the national conversation over public education displayed media’s predictably narrow parameters of debate, between a corporate reformer and a moderate (but still charter-friendly) liberal.

Apr 11 2014

Phyllis Bennis on Afghan Elections, Alfie Kohn on The Myth of the Spoiled Child

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CBS told viewers the recent presidential election in Afghanistan was a major victory for the US military. The idea that 12 years of war and occupation have gifted that country with peace and stability is shaping up as the line of the day in US media. Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies has a different take.

And author Alfie Kohn talks about his new provocative new book, “The Myth of the Spoiled Child,” which argues that much of the conventional wisdom about children and parenting is just wrong.

Mar 21 2014

Sarah Jaffe on NY Charter Schools, Carla Murphy on FCC Diversity Study

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Coverage of the “tug of war” between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo over charter schools tells us more about political alliances than it does about education. And what’s the real story behind the right’s claim that the White House was planning to send government monitors into newsrooms?

Aug 23 2013

Gary Younge on ‘I Have a Dream,’ Susan Ohanian on Common Core

Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech

Media are flooding with coverage commemorating the 1963 March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s iconic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. But corporate media’s King says more about their own self-image and desire for ‘post-racialism’ than about King’s actual ideas or the actual state of U.S. race relations. We’ll separate myth from reality with Gary Younge, author of the new book, The Speech: The Story Behind Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream.

Also on CounterSpin today, media tell us that the new Common Core educational standards are opposed by a frightening coalition of critics on the left and right. Like many of the debates over public schools, Common Core is made to sound like common sense: Let’s set higher standards and help America’s schoolchildren succeed. But what’s obscured by that picture? We’ll talk to education writer and activist Susan Ohanian.

Jan 11 2013

Diane Ravitch on Michelle Rhee, Siva Vaidhyanathan on Google

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PBS Frontline took a look at the record of “school reformer” and media darling Michelle Rhee. We’ll get a reaction from Diane Ravitch. And a government anti-trust investigation of Google seems to be over. Siva Vaidhyanathan talks about the company’s dominance–and what it means.