#820 More misplaced incentive structures (Education)

Today we look at what happens when you add a profit motive to the education system. You may be surprised to learn that some people are more interested in profit than education.

Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

Ch. 2: Act 1: Privatization Kills Education: Ask Chicago Parents Why - Majority Report - Air Date: 09-03-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: Union Town - Union Town

Ch. 4: Act 2: Diane Ravitch: Public Schools for Sale? (Part 1) - @BillMoyersHQ - Air Date 3-28-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Profit - Evolver

Ch. 6: Act 3: Common Core's One-Sided View - @FAIRmediawatch - Air Date 3-21-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: How Loud Your Heart Gets - Wildewoman

Ch. 8: Act 4: Diane Ravitch: Public Schools for Sale? (Part 2) - @BillMoyersHQ - Air Date 3-28-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Democracy - The Essential Leonard Cohen

Ch. 10: Act 5: Yes 4 Elkhart via @YES4Elkhart - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 11: Song 5: Activism - The Poet

Ch. 12: Act 6: The Public School Vs. Charter School Battle (Part 1 ) - @radio_dispatch - Air Date 3-24-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: On Our Way - Royal - EP

Ch. 14: Act 7: Study: Charter Schools NOT Performing Better Than Traditional Public Schools in Chicago - Majority Report - Air Date: 04-22-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Knock Yourself Out - I Heart Huckabees (Original Soundtrack) [Soundtrack from the Motion Picture]

Ch. 16: Act 8: The Public School Vs. Charter School Battle (Part 2 ) - @radio_dispatch - Air Date 3-24-14


Ch. 17: The importance of prisoner rehabilitation - Chris from Colorado Springs

Ch. 18: Race vs. class - Daniel from Houston

Ch. 19: Trying to understand the lived experience of others - Jason from Iowa

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 20: Final comments

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone


Yes 4 Elkhart referendum

Yes 4 Elkhart on Facebook

Sources/further reading:

"Walton Foundation’s pours $164 million in 2013 education grants. Who won?” via The Washington Post

"What Made the Chicago Teachers' Strike a Success? Their Commitment to the Community” interview with Micah Uetricht at AlterNet

"Hundreds of parents band together to oppose charter school expansion" via The Boston Globe

"Pence, Ritz at odds over new education agency”


Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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  • Njemile Siwatu
    commented 2014-04-30 13:05:33 -0400
    thank you Jay for your response about the oppressed need to speak up. I was actually dialing the phone when you responded.
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