Monday, March 18, 2013
Valerie Strauss, Valerie Strauss
Submitted by: Editor

Billionaires Assault On Education Reform

Valerie Strauss responds to an article written by education historian Diane Ravitch for her Bridging Differences blog in which Ravitch discusses the flaws in modern education reform, but leaves out the worrisome and corrosive influence that conservative Republican billionaires are having on our education system.

[Strauss] We have often discussed the problems of establishing democratic practices in our schools today. This is something you have written about extensively, and it is integral to your pedagogical ideas. Today, the question of democracy looms large as we see increasing efforts to privatize the control of public schools. There is an even more worrisome and allied trend, and that is the growing influence of money in education politics at the state and local levels.

My recent book included a chapter on "The Billionaire Boys Club," in which I described the ideological convergence of the three foundations that spend the most money in the K-12 education sector: the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation.

Please read Struass's article, along with Mrs. Ravitch's writings. Both deserve far more attention.

Posted by Editor on 03/18/13 at 09:20 AM •  (0) Comments

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