With NBC airing a second “Education Nation” special that resembles an infomercial for charter schools and online learning, the media watchdog group FAIR(Fairness & Accuracy in reporting) held an event on Sept. 27, 2011 to clear the air. The goal according to FAIR was to offer a more reasonable conversation about public education than the corporate-interest perspective featured in “Education Nation.”
The panelists at the MisEducation Nation forum in New York City said the coverage offered by NBC was, at best, misguided—a noble but seriously uninformed effort, said Leonie Haimson, a New York City public school parent and leader of Class Size Matters, which advocates for reducing the number of students per teacher.
At worst, “Education Nation” is a sounding board for the corporate education “reform” movement driven by the billionaires’ agenda, said Brian Jones, a Brooklyn teacher.
Full report at: labornotes.org/blogs/2011/09/sending-nbcs-education-nation-back-school