The T.M. Landry Scam – How A “Miracle School” Exploited A Corrupt System [PODCAST #591]

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Nathan Fraser joins me to discuss the recent T.M. Landry scandal - revelations that threaten to dash many people's hopes about self-directed learning models disrupting and possibly even healing a corrupt and failed schooling system.

T.M. Landry fashioned itself as a revolutionary college prep school. It was promoted to national (half) attention through viral college acceptance videos, while boasting an 100% college acceptance rate.

An Inventory of T.M Landry's Educational Promise

- student led
- self directed learning
- teachers or mentors who didn't jump through the state hoops to be "qualified"
- no textbooks

In reality, L.M Landry was a predatory operation against parents and charities looking to help disadvantaged teens escape failure and despair.

T.M. Landry is a symptom of larger problems

It seems the school took advantage of defects in both in the public K-12 system and in higher education.

The Landrys were able to exploit the hopeful people willing to give to them so generously, as a response to the dismal failure of the schools in that area; Louisiana ranks 49th in the country in education.

The Landrys also took advantage of an increasingly ideological college admissions process, which I will argue is prejudiced and even white supremacist (but in a warm and fuzzy, socially acceptable progressive way).


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