Saltman begins his chapter by describing the phenomenon of the simplification of the teaching profession. A career with long hours, low pay, and challenging work, teachers have been on the defensive during the neoliberal attack of American education. By simplifying the profession, neoliberals have made it seem as if anyone could become a teacher an in order to increase competition in the market America must deregulate the "monopoly control that university teacher preparation programs have" (103). This, in fact, questions the true value a teacher has on their school and devalues those who have taken the time to master their craft. Moreover, Saltman reaffirms the neoliberal fetish with high stakes testing, with neoliberal's believing standardized tests can replace certified techers (103). More importantly, deregulation of teacher certification transforms the education system into a money market, with students and teachers being commodities. This makes the hired teacher almost nothing more than a pair of sneakers you were to buy at the market. When the sneakers become worn or start to cause pain you dispose of them. Applied to teaching, if a teacher fails to raise test scores or improve students' reading level you discard of the the teacher and bring in the next clone in hopes of improving something. This system is much like the competitive business world we all strive to be in. Competition, theoretically, is said to create a market full of 'winners' by killing the weak through social Darwinism. The neoliberal's legislation of deregulation is trying to do just that, weeding out the low performing teachers and replacing them with the next. The new system allows an aspiring teacher to bypass important classes that explain different learning techniques and ways to present difficult material. Teachers no longer have to go through rigorous course loads and student teacher in order to take over a classroom. This is because the neoliberals believe the standardize test are working and one should not have to obtain a teaching degree in order to teach to the test. However, as we have learned throughout the course, putting a price tag or value on a teacher is difficult. Learning has much less to do with the teachers and more to do with students environment. Deregulation is, in fact, another plague growing in the American education system, attack those teachers who are passionate about the profession and devaluing their own education.
Saltman also makes the reader question the agenda of the venture philanthropist or the foundations funding and encouraging high stakes tests and alternative avenues for teacher certification. In Leistyna, 'No Corporation Left Behind', she identifies the alarming financial side of the high stakes testing market, which Saltman calls the 'venture philanthropists agenda'. Foundations, like the Gates Foundation, all have stake in companies that help students prepare for standardized tests and private companies that "teach" teachers how to teach. With a special interest in keeping these private companies afloat, especially in hard economic times, venture philanthropist encourage the deregulation of education and hope to keep it flourishing. This is something the Obama administration has done little to discourage. The true meaning of the word philanthropy suggests a good spirited approach to giving. However, with closer examination, these capitalists are doing nothing more then lining their own pocket by devaluing the importance of a certified teacher.