Win/Win: Why Billionaire Philanthropists are Bad at School Reform

In the latest episode of Have You Heard, Jennifer and Jack talk to Anand Giridharadas about his best-selling new book, Winners Take All: the Elite Charade of Changing the World. The book offers a SCATHING indictment of billionaire change makers, who seek to *disrupt* public education, even as they leave the structures of inequality untouched. Says Giridharadas: *They’re not willing to have an education system that funds public schools equally and adequately because that would cost rich people a lot of money.* Complete transcript of the episode available here. And if you’re a fan of the high-quality content that Have You Heard serves up, consider becoming a Patreon supporter by clicking the link below.

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School Reform TV: The “New” Philanthropists of Public Education

Have You Heard listens in on the recent XQ Superschools Live spectacular, the big budget, star-studded TV extravaganza aimed at “rethinking high school,” brought to you by Silicon Valley billionairess Laurene Powell Jobs. Co-host Jack Schneider examines the claims that high school hasn’t changed in 100 years. (Did you know that he’s an education historian???). We’re joined by Megan Tompkins Stange, author of Policy Patrons: Philanthropy, Education Reform, and the Politics of Influence helps us see the world of public education as a billionaire edu-reformer does. It’s Have You Heard #27! Read the transcript here.