How The Foundations Futilely Fund Education Efforts To Close The Achievement Gap

Testing. Never ending testing. Teaching to the test. Tests are racist. Let’s soften the test to help minorities. Teachers, parents, and kids all hate testing.

Standardized testing is required, though, because of the American obsession with school funding to make egalitarian ideology real. As Charlotte Iserbyt painstakingly detailed in her magnificent catalog of the American education system, “The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America”, testing is required to keep education dollars flowing. Education advocates (and teachers’ unions) push for funding, which exceeds property tax tolerances, so a state gets involved. A state wants to make sure it is not just blindly sending money, so it requires a test. More money is demanded by the education advocates (and teachers’ unions), and now the federal government sends money via programs. The federal government wants to test to make sure the money is spent wisely.

Test scores continue to decline. No one is allowed to wonder if the changing composition of student’s ethnic and racial make up is responsible for it, and no one is allowed to attempt to teach using 1950s methods that did not require high-tech gadgetry and methods. Per the American left, education is the ultimate salve to all problems of society, so it is important every child receives a great education and becomes credentialed. The push for funding now has placed all schools in all locations on guidelines and requirements devised by federal agencies, which the left has captured since the FDR administration. Centralization of education methods and curriculum is complete, and all under the guise of helping children.

Private and parochial schooling was once a route around this progressive system. Now that vouchers are allowed, this is not the case, as to be voucher eligible, a school must comply with the appropriate regulations in many states. Homeschooling is another route, and has exploded in size and scope in the last decade. One other option has grown, and it is a method that supposedly can solve the inner city school problem: charter schools.

Due to the shadow of progressivism, academic performance inequality is not simply understood as a biological reality. Programs that fail in school districts, but receive massive funding, are repeated elsewhere. While America spends more than many nations’ GDP on K-12 education, much of that is locked in, allowing private players to have an outsized effect. Currently, the Gates Foundation, the Broad Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation make the heavens rain with cash for school districts willing to employ their methods. This allows for centralization from a private sector source.

We can review the smallest of the three foundations for guidance as to their outsized influence on education across America. To put the power of these foundations into perspective, the Gates Foundation has $37 billion in assets, while long standing and sometimes CIA money conduit Ford Foundation has $12.5 billion. The Broad Foundation was formed by an affable billionaire who turned SunLife into a behemoth insurance firm. It has $3 billion in assets. Its major focus is not just on charter schools, but on sucking in successful private sector individuals into the public sector world of education. They have an education leadership training program.

Broad takes individuals with long careers in business or government, runs them through their training program, and then places them into superintendent jobs. Its website claimed that by 2009, Broad program graduates filled over 40 percent of all large urban superintendent openings. Broad also has a residency program that educates individuals to work in federal or state department agencies and other charter school systems. What these programs really do is reinforce one another by Broad graduates finding a job and then employing more Broad graduates, who then run the Broad-approved curriculum to turn bad schools around for the little people.

But the test scores don’t improve. Superintendents move on to a new job in another district, and the entire school district has had their school system upended with nothing to show. The Broad foundation appeals to the high by spending on campaigns, which then explains presidential candidates calling for merit pay for teachers. It then appeals to the low by stating that it can take over a failing public school district, which is desperate for any attention and money, and reorganize it into a charter school network.

The charter schools receive help from the conservatives because the concept is a market approach to closing the dire gap in achievement. The charters also break the teachers unions, and can game the system of who they let in and what students they keep at the slightest sign of students lagging their peers. Inner city school districts are perfect targets because they are desperate for funds, and these private side foundations can help. Broad can always help, if you hire its trainees.

The lauded documentary Waiting for Superman was sponsored by none other that the Broad Foundations (Gates Foundation, too). Each item mentioned in the documentary aligned with the private reformers agenda, and the packaging was wrapped in the cloak of poor inner city youths just wanting to be rocket scientists. It does not stop. Recently, Georgia’s governor Nathan Deal has been trying to push a constitutional amendment allowing the state to take over under-performing public schools and replace them with a charter school network. DeKalb County administrators and even parents are worried that the screw job Philadelphia experienced under the public-to-charter transformation will be their fate. Schools closed, charters sprung to life, and test scores did not change. No one had a choice.

Who sets the curriculum and who sets the environment in these schools? Broad, Gates and Walton Foundation employees, trainees or grant recipients. Local control is nil. Who gets paid? About 40 percent of all taxpayer funds for Florida’s charter school program go to the management company, not educating students. This is centralization from the private side. If the jobs racket with no results feels like an update to The Music Man, you are not alone. This is the solution presented to the public to help the most disadvantaged because we simply cannot accept that the test score gap that is set at age three is really set at conception.

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4 Comments

  1. What a racket. State capitalism, you gotta love it. This is a good case study if there ever was one.

  2. Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and the Walton family ostensibly believe that affluent suburbs have “good schools”, when that term is really just a euphemism for “no niggers”.

  3. DeKalb schools are already screwed. 93% White in 1970, 11% White today. None dare call it ethnic cleansing. Over a billion dollar budget “administered” by an incompetent 80% Black school board.

    The fundamental problem is Blacks are genetically inferior in intelligence, morality and civil temperament to the other major races; a program that doesn’t change their genes has no hope of substantially improving them. Every dollar spent on Black education, welfare and social programs is a dollar flushed down the toilet. At best, it’s damage mitigation, at worst it encourages them to think that they’re equal (or better) and entitled to everything they have given to them.

    Investing in the top students (literally, investing in their business ideas) pays dividends such as technology, the other ~90% never earn out, in particular girls never earn out – women get 40% of the wages but do 80% of the spending, a sixfold difference from men who get 60% of wages but control only 20% of spending. And the over-education of women is the biggest factor in low birth rates — every ~two or three BAs for women is the statistical equivalent of a dysgenic sterilization; this expensive, empty status-signalling is what is driving the ongoing genocide of the historical American nation.

    We must judge worth. We must privilege the better over the worse. We can’t exist any longer if we continue to favor the worse over the better. Blacks need to be sterilized and stripped of civil rights, the alternatives are even worse. Women need to be married off young, in arranged marriages, with no divorce except at the husband’s request, and then only with proof of unfaithfulness on the part of the wife. They can’t be allowed to control spending, to own property, to vote. The alternative is the elimination of the greatest people in history and the descent of our species into millennia of barbarism, perhaps extinction.

  4. Charlton_Taylor October 18, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    My hometown is a mid-size rust belt city with heavily populated inner and outer ring suburbs.

    Is there any need to explain the demographics?

    For as long as I can remember, the local big newspaper (a Gannet Company) has been engaging ‘da way ‘dey do on the local state of “education.”

    Is there any need to explain what I mean by “‘da way ‘dey do?”

    The most important thing about that is for as long as I can remember (perhaps going back to the 1980s), every story about the failure of the schools, problem students, school improvements, school funding and school politics has featured the city school district to the veritable exclusion of all the others.

    But recently, a suburban school finally made it onto the FRONT PAGE our local big newspaper (a Gannet Company). Although I have no idea if this very large local suburban school district has the necessary funding, if they’re students are passing all their tests, if the size of their classrooms is sufficient, or overall if they are “failing” or not, I noted that this was, at least, one of the first times in about 30 years that any school district from the suburbs ( which have a student population size that rivals the city’s) had made the front page. So, I was excited to read the story.

    But alas, that large suburban school district was only to play a bit part in that story and it served only as background to the alleged “failure” of our system to help an urban youth who was found shot dead one Sunday morning; another homicide without much meaning yet to be solved in our fair city.

    As it turns out, this poor urban youth, who incidentally had been photographed 10 years earlier by the big newspaper (a Gannet Company) frolicking joyfully at a “summer camp program for urban youth,” was evidence of the failure not just of that big suburban school district, but also the local justice system.

    You see, the urban youth who was shot dead one early Sunday morning, could not seem to extract himself from the life of crime that got him “mixed up” with the type of people that allegedly shot him (other urban youth). And this was the case even though he had been arrested three times in his young life and was given light sentences by three very sympathetic judges.

    The suburban school district comes in as a bit player in this story because after his second arrest, a local judge gave the urban youth probation on the condition that he would enroll in this suburban school and try to change his lifestyle. The decision by the Court was apparently the scene of much pleading by the youth’s family and allegedly, the shedding of rivers of tears and many heartfelt promises and much solemn gratitude.

    And yes, apparently, the urban youth’s change of environment helped him a lot. For a few months, the big newspaper reports, the urban youth was getting good grades and doing well on one of the school’s sportsball teams.

    However, there was one minor incident: The urban youth had literally smashed the face in of a “friend” he made from the suburban school-another sportsball player-after the “friend” allegedly asked him to do more work on fund-raising efforts for the school’s sportsball team. As the big newspaper reported, even though the “friend” required extensive reconstructive surgery, he didn’t press charges. As the “friend” told reporters, he didn’t press charges against the urban youth because he felt this would send the urban youth back to prison and sideline the youth’s progress.

    Most likely, the senseless homicide of the urban youth made the FRONT PAGE of our local big newspaper (a Gannet Company) because the writers of the story felt like because they had a photo of this urban youth as a little boy, it meant something and made for an interesting narrative arc.

    It does. Indeed.

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