Beloved host of Radiolab, Robert Krulwich has a deep understanding of deep understanding, and could not only explain the intricacies of teachers' contracts in a way that make immediate sense, he would do so in dulcet tones over experimental music. In addition to science, Krulwich has done in-depth reporting on business, politics, economics. He also briefly hosted the PBS program NOVA scienceNOW, videos of which comprise 10% of the average public school science curriculum.
Lloyd Morrisett is one of the original creators of Sesame Street and has an impressive resume in nonprofit management, education, and child psychology. At 82, he might be a little out of touch, but he's cozy with super money managers the Blackstone Group, since Sesame Street co-founder Joan Ganz Cooney is married to founder Pete G. Peterson.
Not only do West's album titles (College Dropout, Late Registration, Graduation) reflect a sensitivity to the challenges of education, the Kanye West Foundation sponsors three education programs: Loop Dreams, a music industry curriculum, College Drop In, a college exposure program for LA middle schoolers, and S.H.O.W., a Chicago concert tickets for attendance exchange. "It's a process."
The Scholastic spokesman is already a fixture in American classrooms, most likely because Scholastic (owner of Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and The 39 Clues) has a virtual monopoly on the hearts and minds of young readers. Why not cut out the middle man? Plus, he has unparalleled access to education expert Ms. Frizzle.
Rupert Murdoch just snagged newly free former chancellor Joel Klein for Newscorp, but Murdoch himself isn't a bad candidate for the position. You don't get to be worth $6.7 billion (the equivalent of a $50,0000 bonus for every public school employee) without being a good manager. Plus, the Oxford alum has been vocal about his education reform ideas like global testing standards, school choice, and transparency in performance reviews.
Black's former Hearst colleague Atoosa Rubenstein is at home amid the school-age demographic. Her service-y reign at teen titles Seventeen and CosmoGIRL! made her unofficially responsible for an entire generation of girls' sex ed.
It's hard to imagine Nick Denton ever was a child, let alone knows anything about educating them, but he certainly knows a thing or two about keeping tabs on employee performance. Can't you just picture Bloomberg and Denton before an enormous leaderboard of ranking teachers and their class's state test scores?