"Shock Doctrine" comes to the classroom

"Let's hope the fiscal crisis doesn't get better too soon. It'll slow down reform."
-- Tom Watkins, a consultant, summarizes the corporate education reform movement's current strategy to the Sunday New York Times.

US journalist David Sirota, writing for Salon.com, describes how corporate reformers are using the fiscal crisis to hype an unproven school reforms ... 

"The Shock Doctrine, as articulated by journalist Naomi Klein, describes the process by which corporate interests use catastrophes as instruments to maximize their profit. Sometimes the events they use are natural (earthquakes), sometimes they are human-created (the 9/11 attacks) and sometimes they are a bit of both (hurricanes made stronger by human-intensified global climate change). Regardless of the particular cataclysm, though, the Shock Doctrine suggests that in the aftermath of a calamity, there is always corporate method in the smoldering madness - a method based in Disaster Capitalism."

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