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The so-called education reform movement is funded by a handful of very wealthy donors who impose their ideological views through massive infusions of cash. Dissent‘s Joanne Barkan has spent years researching and writing about the ideology of the philanthro-ed-reformers, how they are similar to and different from older philanthropists like Ford and Carnegie, and how they’re corrupting democracy. She joins Michelle and Sarah to talk about her work. In labor news this week, London’s public transit workers go on strike; Tennessee may yet see a unionized auto plant; NFL cheerleaders rise up against wage theft; and workers rise up against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
Conversation with Joanne Barkan:
Joanne Barkan: They Shall Overcome
Joanne Barkan: Who is Victimizing Chicago’s Kids?
Joanne Barkan: Hired Guns on Astroturf: How to Buy and Sell School Reform
Argh, I Wish I’d Written That!:
Sarah: Kathleen Kuehn, Why Are So Many Journalists Willing to Write for Free?
Michelle: Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, How Inequality Hollows Out the Soul