The following is excerpted and slightly adapted from another blog I maintain.
In Gail Collins's 27 April 2012 New York Times piece "A Very Pricey Pineapple," the author reminds readers about
the massive economic underpinnings of the various educational "reforms" that
have been pushed through in the past decade or so. Collins points out that a
few companies are making quite a bit of money from the emphasis on standardized
testing in the executions of the tests themselves as well as in the production
of textbooks to suit the tests and even schools and teaching programs in which
to embed the whole thing. By bringing out the pineapple imagery, she links
edu-business to the absurd, offering an effective satire on the institution and
calling therefore for a change to it.