How the Koch Brothers Are Influencing U.S. Colleges

Dave Levinthal, Dec 17, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

One of the dangers of relying on private donaations for education funding is that the educational institutions are pushed to adopt the funders' culture and values. We certainly see this with respect to government funding in Canada, where the funding agencies pursue specific policies at the behest of governments. In the American system, where there is less reliance on government, there is no corresponding frreedom from influence. Quite the opposite. This Time article, for example, investigates the influence of the far-right Koch Brothers foundation on education. "The Koch foundations have attempted, or succeeded, in attaching certain strings to their contributions, such as control over curriculum, and more recently, obtaining personal information about students."

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