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Alex Molnar on Virtual Education

Alex Molnar is a research professor at the University of Colorado whose work I was fortunate to discover when I was doing research for my Policy Analysis. He recently published a policy paper, Virtual Schools in the U.S 2013: Politics,Performance, Policy and Research Evidence . He frames commercialism as “ the curriculum of our culture“. He does a great job of linking consumerism to market-based school reform of public schools ( for-profit schools, charter schools etc.)

I like how he connects wealth distribution in this country to consumerism, credit card/student loan debt with the current education reform agenda. He also highlights the schools as a commodity.

At  49:27, he asks:

“How do you solve the age old problem: how do you transfer money from people who earn that money with their labor to people who earn that money, if you can even say earn, from their accumulated wealth.  How can you transfer money from people who earn less to people who earn more? The schools are a huge problem when it comes to that question because they  represent an enormous public investment, hundred of billions of dollars.

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