Pearson, the all-encompassing media giant that dominates education publishing, plans to open $3-a-month private schools for children of the poor in Africa and Asia. According to Sir Michael Barber, who advises Pearson, there really is no point depending on government when private entrepreneurs can supply education at low cost far more efficiently.
I suppose the goal is to get the business up and running, then get government to foot the bill as it outsources education to Pearson.
Maybe it makes sense to have a private company providing basic education in a country that can’t or won’t, though there must certainly be some questions raised about the cultural, political, and ideological content of the education that is provided. What kind of teachers will be hired for these $3-a-month schools? Will they be teachers or computer monitors?
Is this actually the same plan that has been developed for the U.S. under a different guise?