Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mark Fiore created a short cartoon about little Timmy and his experiences with a charter school. You can see the YouTube video by clicking here: Profitship! Cashing In On Public Schools
The cartoon has an interesting backstory. There actually is a for-profit charter school chain called Rocketship. As published in the online newspaper The Progressive:
Rocketship (see Barbara Miner’s report from our new Save Our Schools issue) uses computer programs to teach children for a significant portion of the day, and eschews “extras” like school librarians, art, gym, and social studies, which further reduce staff costs. This combination of real teachers and online programs, dubbed “blended learning,” is the fastest-growing sector of the burgeoning charter school industry.
“The call for public schools to be replaced by such tech-heavy, teacher-light operations comes from some of the most powerful actors in local and national politics,” Lafer wrote in his report.
If you would like to read The Progressive’s entire article, click here: ProfitShip Learning | The Progressive.