Luke Rosiak

Foundations destroying American public education (part 5): Two steps ahead

The Ford Foundation harbors a sort of shadow government. Kamala Harris’s sister and closest political confidante, Maya Harris, was a Ford Foundation vice president, after previously working for PolicyLink, a key equity activist group and Ford grantee. Joe Biden’s senior campaign advisor, Cristóbal Alex, was its program director during the Obama years. Ford’s chief of staff, Taara Rangarajan, was President Obama’s national security advisor for about three years. Even Obama’s mother worked for the Ford Foundation at one point.

Foundations destroying American public education (part 4): Youth activism

Nonprofit foundations’ goals are political, and schools give them easy access to society’s most impressionable. But foundations relentlessly seek to shape children’s politics both inside and outside of the classroom.

Foundations destroying American public education (part 3): Education

The world of K–12 education policy has long been dominated by philanthropic foundations. It was the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that pushed for Common Core, the national education standards that, perhaps inadvertently, allowed activist groups like Learning for Justice to invade American schools.

Foundations destroying American public education (part 2): Equity initiatives

Many of the problems plaguing public education have happened in no small part because of prominent foundations that support controversial initiatives. The 1619 Project, Nikole Hannah-Jones’s 2019 New York Times series turned grade school curriculum, might never have seen the light of day if not for the MacArthur Foundation.

Foundations Destroying American Public Education: The Hydra

The world of K–12 education policy has long been dominated by philanthropic foundations. Much of the education “reform” sweeping across America has been financed and pushed by elite, well-heeled foundations. They have used the billions from their endowments to create various associations and activist groups to promote these changes.