Posts Tagged ‘public education’

Billionaire-Powered Education

Once, back in the late sixties, I studied the interlocking boards of directors of major corporations, banks, hospitals and cultural institutions in a small mid-western city.  The power elite of the metropolitan area came sharply into view.  With that “power map” in hand I could follow the values and money shaping the community where I lived—and become a more effective community organizer.

In previous posts I have been following the values and money that shape the current “education reform” movement in the U.S.  Billionaire funders of the movement may not be represented on a formal set of interlocking directorates, but their goals overlap to serve interests of the corporate sector and the ideological right wing.  Continue reading


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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