The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Education Foundations Hide Business Interests

May 2, 2011

Two foundations have now “partnered” to join the business interests that are experimenting with education-reform gimmicks.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, world’s largest so-called “philanthropy,” is joining the Pearson Foundation to provide experimental courses for the new “common core” curriculum in K-12 schools.

Behind the Gates Foundation is, of course, Microsoft, with its business interests highly focused on selling as much computer software and hardware to schools as possible.

Behind the Pearson Foundation is Pearson Education, with its business interests highly focused on selling schools as many of its textbooks and multimedia courses as possible.

School districts will soon get an “education” in how quickly their money disappears into these corporate jaws.