The Gates Foundation and the Future of US “Public” Schools

1st Edition

Philip E. Kovacs

Routledge
Published February 21, 2012
Reference - 232 Pages
ISBN 9780415536639 - CAT# Y137323
Series: Routledge Studies in Education, Neoliberalism, and Marxism

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Summary

There has been much public praise for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s efforts to reform public education. However, few scholars have engaged substantively and critically with the organization’s work. While the Gates Foundation is the single largest supporter by far of "choice" initiatives particularly with regard to charter school formation, it is pushing public school privatization through a wide array of initiatives and in conjunction with a number of other foundations. What are the implications for a public system as control over educational policy and priority is concentrated under one of the richest people on the planet in ways that foster de-unionization and teacher de-skilling while homogenizing school models and curriculum? The Gates Foundation and the Future of US "Public" Schools addresses this crucial, unanswered question while investigating the relationships between the Gates Foundation and other think tanks, government, and corporate institutions.

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