The Washington Post Pans Apple-Sponsored School Reform TV Special
Monday September 11, 2017. 06:34 AM , from Slashdot/Apple
'Surely Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hanks, Mahershala Ali, Justin Timberlake, Cate Blanchett and a bevy of other celebrities have nothing but laudable intentions by appearing on Friday night's live televised high school reform spectacular on four -- count them, four -- major networks (NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox),' writes the Washington Post's Valerie Strauss. 'But when an hour of prime time on four networks is purchased, it's fair to ask whether that is a public service or propaganda.'
The Post points out gently that 'not everyone believes' in the need to 'transform' high schools, while theodp notes 'viewers were pitched XQ Super School Board Program kits, which XQ's website explains are designed to prepare individuals for a school board candidacy.'
If this seems suspiciously political -- or at least a way to ensure schools are friendly to Laurene Powell Jobs' specific proposals -- the nonprofit's web site adds reassuringly that 'XQ won't be endorsing or supporting particular candidates; we'll be supporting all candidates who stand with us in a shared commitment to rethink high school, so all young people can be educated as they deserve.'
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