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Nov 14, 2009 Selling Lessons Online Raises Cash and Questions

QUOTE: Joseph McDonald, a professor at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University, said the online selling [of lesson plans] cheapens what teachers do and undermines efforts to build sites where educators freely exchange ideas and lesson plans.

New York Times
Aug 16, 2007 Forced to Pick a Major in High School

QUOTE: Some parents have welcomed the requirement, noting that a magnet school in the district already allowed some students to specialize. But other parents and some educators have criticized it as preprofessionalism run amok or a marketing gimmick....after finding many of the legal cases boring and hard to relate to, she was unable to take classes in other fields because she was locked into her specialization.

New York Times
Feb 01, 2003 BRANDED: Corporations and our schools

QUOTE: Are corporations, with priorities of profit and shareholder return, proper partners for public education?
Dec 18, 2001 Marketers May Face Student-data Curbs

QUOTE: Congress is on the verge of giving parents the right to say no when marketers want to gather personal information about students in schools.

Washington Post