CURMUDGUCATION: Pearson’s Cyber-Kindergarten Sales Pitch

Here’s an idea parents:  ‘virtual kindergarten’ for fun and profits!

Pearson’s Cyber-Kindergarten Sales Pitch

Education blogger Peter Greene writes, “So I stumbled across the Connections Academy blog Virtual Learning Connections (a friendly resource supporting K-12 school from home).

In particular, I stumbled across this post– “5 Reasons Why Parents Choose Virtual School Kindergarten.

The piece is written by Carrie Zopf, a teacher at one of the Conections Academies. Connection Academy is the virtual charter chain purchased by Pearson in 2011, and they would love to just hook your five year old up to a screen.

And it is from way back in 2014, but it still gives me the heebie-jeebies.

It’s a great little listicle, combining the sales pitch with the “everybody’s doing it and here’s why” peer reinforcement. So what are these five great reasons to put your child in virtual kindergarten?”


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KS, IL govs wreak havoc on education, workers with budget brinkmanship – Education Votes

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner have been engaging in high-stakes budget brinkmanship for months, and students, their families and communities are paying the price. The latest in a series of negative consequences include the likelihood that schools will be shuttered, educators laid off and core public services cut.

Why Didn’t the FBI Stop Omar Mateen? – POLITICO Magazine

Yes, Mateen was a terrorist—but what kind of terrorist? He had no known ISIS or Al Qaeda connection; he wasn’t getting operating orders from abroad; he hadn’t gone overseas to be trained; he followed no predicable course of radicalization. Mateen appears, in fact, to have been less a soldier than yet another deeply disturbed American (born in Trump’s own home borough of Queens), who was full of hatred and uncontrollable anger—an example of what law enforcement officials describe as an aspiring violent criminal searching for a larger justification for the acts he’s desperate to commit.

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