A couple of more red flags for "the Tesla of education companies"


This post is by Unknown from West Coast Stat Views (on Observational Epidemiology and more)


Something about this tweet was familiar…
It took me a minute to realize that we had written about Bridge in two posts back in 2017.
Bring red flags, lots of red flags – part I: “the Tesla of education companies” 
Bring red flags, lots of red flags – part II: Maybe too-good-to-be-true claims might be too good to be true
Now, based on this article from the Intercept, I realize I was still a couple of flags shy. Start with this quote, particularly the part at the end the NYT omitted.
“Technically, we’re breaking the law,” May said in a 2013 article in the education publication Tes — a quote that was reused [but not in its complete form — MP]  in a mostly favorable 2017 New York Times profile of Bridge. “There would be more people and more organizations willing to try and push the envelope and get higher pupil outcomes if the regulatory and legal framework was less restrictive,” May went on. “You have to be extreme. You have to take real risks to work in those environments. Often there are [laws] preventing most companies from trying to figure out how to solve these problems.”
Those who follow Silicon Valley thought leaders have heard this refrain far too many times. We could make life perfect if not for all those silly rules and pesky regulators. This line is bullshit most of the time. (Read more…)