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Conservative Philanthropies and Organizations Shaping U.S. Educational Policy and Practice

Kathleen deMarris (author) Brigette A. Herron (author)
Janie Copple (author)

ISBN: 9781975503000

Publication Date: Jul 2020

Format: Paperback

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Examines conservative philanthropies, the organisations and individuals within their networks, and the strategies they use to shape educational policy and practice. Each chapter examines a philanthropy, philanthropic network, or corporation focused on pushing an agenda of individualism, privatization, and conservative ideologies.
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This book is about conservative philanthropies, the organizations and individuals within their networks, and the strategies they use to shape educational policy and practice in K-12 and higher education. Each chapter examines a philanthropy, philanthropic network, or corporation focused on pushing an agenda of individualism, privatization, and conservative ideologies. Based in extensive research, including the tax filings of specific philanthropic foundations, the authors demonstrate how the philanthropic elite work within federal, state, and local governmental contexts to influence policy and practice. Within a global context of increasing wealth inequality, the authors question the motivations of these privileged few to withhold tax dollars from the US treasury where duly elected representatives can determine how tax dollars are used to benefit society. By allowing these philanthropic organizations tax exemptions under the guise of assumed benevolence, are citizens giving up their ability to hold these organizations accountable for how the money is spent? This book, aimed at a general audience of educators, provides the in-depth knowledge necessary to understand and resist private control of public policies and institutions.
Pages 250
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jul 2020
Publisher Myers Education Press
Subject/s Higher & further education, tertiary education   Pre-school & kindergarten   Secondary schools   Primary & middle schools   Social law   History of education  
Kathleen deMarrais is professor and department head in the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia. She serves as a qualitative methodologist in UGA's Qualitative Research Program. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, her books include: Foundations for Research: Methods of Inquiry in Education and the Social Sciences (with S. Lapan); Inside Stories: Educating Young Adolescent Girls (with P. O'Reilly & B. Penn); The Way Schools Work: A Sociological Analysis of Schooling, 3rd Edition (with M. LeCompte); Life at the Margins: Profiles of Diverse Adults (with J. Merrifield, D. Hemphill & B. Bingman); Teach for America Counter Narratives: Alumni Speak Up and Speak Out (with T. J. Brewer); and Philanthropy, Hidden Strategy, and Collective Resistance: A Primer for Concerned Educators.

Brigette Adair Herron holds a Ph.D. in Adult Education from the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy at the University of Georgia. Her scholarly research interests include transnational and justice-oriented feminist pedagogy in adult and higher education, examining the influence of philanthropy and dark money on curriculum and pedagogy in higher education, and teaching and researching with qualitative research methodology. Recent books include Philanthropy, Hidden Strategy, and Collective Resistance: A Primer for Concerned Educators (with K. deMarrais, T. J. Brewer, J. Atkinson, & J. Lewis) and Neon Side of Town: The Story of the B-52s (with S. Creney).

Janie Copple is a Ph.D. student in the Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methodologies program at the University of Georgia. Her research interests include the role of philanthropy in secondary and higher education as well as adolescent and family experiences with puberty and sexuality. Janie's current publications can be found in The Qualitative Report and African Studies Quarterly.

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