Archive for March 11th, 2005

11th March

First Published in The New York Sun, March 11, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

There is a program now being produced for public television, a national primetime PBS documentary, “Schools That Work.” It will be reported by Hedrick Smith, a winner of the Pulitzer Prize. I am distressed by this, just as I am upset by a continuing series of programs produced by Channel 13 on the Department of Education’s Leadership Academy.
Why? Because these are not the works of journalism that the unsuspecting public thinks they are. Rather, these two television shows are a breed of infomercial, masquerading as real, objective news. The programs are paid for, in significant part, by foundations that fund and promote the educational ideas being advanced.