Connecting the Dots

Alan Jones, Inside Higher Ed, Jun 16, 2006
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Honestly, I have been wondering - given the tenor of some of their recent articles - whether Inside Higher Ed was funded from the same sources as, say, David Horowitz. Because the network of 'think tanks' and funders described in this article is certainly not news to me, nor should it be news to those who look at events beyond their immediate horizon, and the diatribes being published certainly resembled others from these common origins. Maybe I can rest easier about Inside Higher Ed (though certainly not some of its authors). But not about the state of education and research generally. We have similar 'think tanks' in Canada, and I would observe that there is a larger danger to society posed when political agencies pose as academic agencies and when scientific 'data' is fabricated to further specific agendas rather than in a disinterested pursuit of the truth.
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