Archive for the ‘Public education in the US’ Category

The Child to Citizen Classroom—Education for Responsible Democratic Life

In Honolulu, Hawaii, Maya Soetoro-Ng has a vision for transforming that state’s very inadequate school system into a powerful example of citizenship education for the rest of the world.  A recent Nation article took note that Hawaii’s test scores rank below the national average, but described how Soetoro-Ng seeks to inspire students both to perform well academically and to become strong contributors to their communities.

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The DeVos’ Stealth Campaign to Privatize Public Schools

Flying under the radar of our consciousness is an insidious effort to undermine—and eventually dismantle—public education in this country.  The threat is gathering momentum.  Rather than raising a tepid defense, however, this is a time to re-imagine and renew public schools as a wedge to renovating our fractured society.

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Training Corporate Leadership for the Schools: the Role of the Eli Broad Foundation

Beneath the radar are a number of threats to U.S. public education that its supporters need to be aware of.  This blog features the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation (EBF), which trains corporate and ex-military leaders in its Superintendents Academy to be “CEO’s” in the nation’s urban school systems. Continue reading

U.S. Public Education Under Attack

The extent and agenda of funding for education from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is not well known in this country. We all know that Bill Gates is one of the wealthiest men in the world, and may be aware of the Gates Foundation’s (GF) funding of anti-AIDS work in Africa. But what of its funding of education efforts in this country? A New York Times article by Sam Dillon, published May 21, 2011, lifted the veil. Entitled “Behind Grass-Roots School Advocacy, Bill Gates,” it can be found at:

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