The Gift of Education: Public Education and Venture Philanthropy

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$40.00
Buy Used
Buy Used from BN.com
$30.00
(Save 25%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $5.25
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 86%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (11) from $5.25   
  • New (5) from $35.77   
  • Used (6) from $5.25   

Overview

Although educational philanthropy accounts for just a fraction of educational spending in the U.S., its institutions have recently acquired disproportionate influence and control over educational policy and practice. The Gift of Education is the first book to dissect the new “venture philanthropy” in education. It evaluates the educational and social implications of private super-rich donors leading reform to K-12, teacher education, and higher education. Challenging common representations of the new philanthropy as primarily about care, generosity, and opportunity, Satlman argues that the new philanthropy is at the forefront of a movement to undermine universal public education at multiple levels. That is, venture philanthropy is contributing to both the privatization of public schooling as well as the transformation of public schooling on the model of corporate culture – from charter schools to voucher schemes, from the remaking of teacher education and educational leadership to making students into consumers, knowledge into commodities, and classrooms into boardrooms. Educational philanthropy that appears almost exclusively in mass media and policy circles as selfless generosity poses significant threats to the democratic possibilities and realities of public education. Though focused on educational philanthropy, Saltman addresses much broader questions about the ideological agendas at the center of philanthropic giving, the educational and political implications of the privatization of public schooling, the assumptions behind educational obligations, and the roles that schools play in democratic societies.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Philanthropy and commodification are not a set of abstract changes 'out there' that have little or nothing to do with our daily practice, our pedagogy, our social relationships. They are increasingly 'in here' – in our heads and in our classrooms. They are impinging more and more on what we do and who we are. . . Educational researchers and practitioners at all levels need to address themselves to these new realities and take up a position in relation to them. Saltman's book will help. It is informative, provocative, accessible and very, very topical." - Pedagogy, Culture, and Society

"The Gift of Education is at the same time a critique of philanthropy and of K-12 education in the United States. Saltman shows how new trends in philanthropic behavior are undermining both philanthropy and the democratic core of public education.He argues thatill-considered corporate/commercial attitudes constitute a neo-liberal attack upon public education, an approach unhappily fostered by the new Obama administration.Those of us who think that public education lies at the core of truly democratic behavior ought to take this book seriously." - Stanley N. Katz, Professor and Director, Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

"If you care about the survival of public education, you need to know about the market forces intent on its destruction. Through an incisive examination of the neoliberal agenda of redistributing the economic and cultural control of schools, Saltman delivers the goods. In calling out outfits like the Gates Foundation, who are using diverted public funds to bankroll their agenda of proclaiming that the quality of education can be reduced to student test scores, Saltman shows us why the very fiber of democracy is at stake." - Susan Ohanian, longtime teacher, maintains a website of resistance to corporate-politico destruction of public schools

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230615151
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/2/2010
  • Series: Education, Politics and Public Life Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,328,829
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth J. Saltman, Ph.D. is an associate professor at DePaul University. He is the author of Capitalizing on Disaster: Taking and Breaking Public Schools (2007), which was awarded the American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Book Award, The Edison Schools (2005), Strange Love, Or How We Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Market (with Robin Truth Goodman, 2002), and Collateral Damage: Corporatizing Public Schools – A Threat to Democracy (2000). His edited collections include Schooling and the Politics of Disaster (2007), Education as Enforcement: the Militarization and Corporatization of Schools (2003), and The Critical Middle School Reader (with Enora Brown, 2005).

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

The Trojan School: How Venture Philanthropy is Corporatizing K-12
• Venture Philanthropy for a New Gilded Age
• The Gift of Education
• The Gift of Corporatizing Teacher Education
• Giving the University the Business

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)