|from Pando Daily|
Over the past 8 years, NPR has received millions from the Gates Foundation to “to expand NPR education coverage and broaden its audience’s engagement on the issue,” as the scroll read in 2013, when NPR landed $1.8 million.
In June 2014 it was revealed that "Teaching Channel Presents" for PBS was really an opportunity for Bill Gates to advertise the virtues of the Common Core to unsuspecting teachers and parents and to build support for new product lines from the Microsoft/Pearson collaboration.
It's no surprise that this week's PBS News Hour "Rethinking College" series on the future of higher ed for the poor follows the same pattern, while pretending to oh-so objective. It is funded by
- the Lumina Foundation, whose empire was built on the backs of poor kids borrowing money from predatory lenders like Sallie Mae. Today Lumina's task is to promote college for all, especially those who have to borrow big to make it happen; and,
- American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen, which is dominated by that familiar outfit, the Gates Foundation, and corporate America's high tech ed interests, the Alliance for Excellent Education.
. . . .money from the two largest philanthropic supporters of higher-education reform, Gates and Lumina, tends to converge on the same group of recipients. These include colleges, like the competency-based, online Western Governors University (the recipient of $8-million in grants from the two foundations); nonprofits like Jobs for the Future ($59-million from both) and Complete College America ($10-million); and research shops, like the Institute for Higher Education Policy ($10-million) and the New America Foundation ($4-million).Lumina has been particularly aggressive in working with the American Legislative Exchange Council to shape model laws for states that will advance their paternalistic interests. This is detailed in a research piece by Hall and Thomas, who presented their paper at AERA a couple of years back. The paper is a must read--here is a sample on the Gates and Lumina phenomenon:
By the way, here is the video that offers some highlights of the research on MOOCs: