It’s publications like this that are causing a serious image issue for real educators in the US. As if it’s not bad enough that the US Secretary of education states (with no basis in fact) that teachers are the bottom 10% of their college graduating classes. Now, the “Education Stars” are not even educators!
In its third annual 30 Under 30 special report (1/20/14), which celebrates the professional achievements of a diverse group of 20-something game changers, Forbes Magazine refers to the young, ambitious entrepreneurs in the education field as “stars.” This is a misnomer. They are not education stars for not a single one is a working classroom teacher. As a business publication, Forbes should have instead referred to them as stars of corporate education reform. 28-year-old Dan Berkowitz, of Youth Orchestra LA, may be the only exception.
Here’s some telling data that I extracted from the information presented in the report. 15 attended Ivy League universities (five Harvard grads are among the bunch), two went to Stanford and one is employed by MIT. Of those boasting classroom teaching experience, five are Teach for America alumni. If I were to conduct extensive research on each organization on the list, I’m sure these…
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