Educational Conspiracy Theories

Which of these modern education conspiracy theories is your favorite? Which do you think are quite possibly real? I have provided below a modern movement in public education and one (not vetted and not politically chosen) website or blog which makes reference to the conspiracy. Should you choose to dig into a controversy, this will give you a start. I do believe that when the money is followed and the political investments are traced back, there is a strong possibility that all of these are founded in reality.

1. Charter schools (or the privatization of education)

Economics and Education: Charter Schools and the Corporate Conspiracy

2a. Technology in the schools (Bill Gates)Bill_Gates

How Microsoft will make money from Common Core

2b. Common Core State Standards (CCSS) (Bill Gates again?)

The Inside Story of How Bill Gates Bought the Common Core Standards

3. PearsonPearson

An Interview with Paul Horton: Monopolies, Tomfooleries, Conspiracies, and Skullduggery

4. International test comparisons (specifically the allegedly poor performance of U.S. students)

Do international test comparisons make sense?

Let me know what you think about these conspiracy theories, or perhaps you have a pet theory of your own to add?

2 thoughts on “Educational Conspiracy Theories

  1. Bruce Bothwell

    It looks like Bill Gates has his fingers in everything. Once you have $50 billion, I guess you just have to have $50 billion more.

    I’m most interested in PISA. I think that analysis was spot on. I’ve long said that international comparisons are tricky Dicks.

    My conspiracy theory has to do with public education and the supposed downfall of such. I think much public education, out there in the hinterlands, is adequate at worst and good-to-excellent at best. A lot of dedication at the local level.


    1. brettrubicristian Post author

      I agree that education is not nearly as bad as it is usually portrayed. I also believe that part of making education look bad is to make sure that you set the expectation level at impossibly high levels. 100% graduation. 0% failure rates for all teachers. All students pass all standardized tests on their first try.

      How about: no one ever dies in a hospital, no pothole ever develops on any street anywhere, no book is ever published with any errors ever?



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