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Corporate Elites and the Reform of Public Education$
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Helen M. Gunter, David Hall, and Michael W. Apple

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447326809

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447326809.001.0001

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The corporate false promise of techno-utopia: the case of Amplify!

The corporate false promise of techno-utopia: the case of Amplify!

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(p.33) Two The corporate false promise of techno-utopia: the case of Amplify!
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Corporate Elites and the Reform of Public Education
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Kenneth J. Saltman

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447326809.003.0003

This chapter examines the convergence of for profit educational publishing and for profit technology corporations to highlight the economic interests and ideological framings behind the widespread celebration of educational technology. The chapter explains some of the key elements involved in efforts to expand for profit educational technology contracting including monopolistic markets, the ideology of technophilia, reliance upon the standards and standardization movement, the revolving door of educational leaders between the public and private sector, and the use of control and coercion under the guise of autonomy and choice. The chapter warns against the false promises of adaptive learning technologies, the equation of technology with economic development, open source and public school privatization more broadly.

Keywords:   Neoliberallism, educational technology, corporate school reform, Amplify, News Corp, adaptive learning, privatization, commercialism

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