A reader of the blog who uses the name Democracy posted a comment in response to a post about the Education Writers Association. The post by testing expert Richard Phelps documented the extraordinarily one-sided agenda of EWA when presenting the Common Core.


Democracy explains the reason:


“I’ve been saying for a while now that education reporting is generally abysmal.


“The Education Writers Association claims that it provides ” high-quality education coverage.” Sometimes, it probably does. Many times it doesn’t come close.


“Which begs the question, why not?


“Perhaps it’s because it’s “generous support” comes from The Gates Foundation, the Dell Foundation, the Kern Foundation and the Walton Foundation, among others.


“The Gates Foundation is neck deep in education “reform,” corporate-style. SO are the others.


“For example, the Dell Foundation (think Dell computers) invests in charter schools and “data-driven education.” Its a primary backer of the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), along with ExxonMobil, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, the College Board, the Gates Foundation, and JPMorgan Chase. The NMSI tells us that “STEM education matters…our country’s student performance must improve in order for America to remain globally competitive.“ The problem, of course, is that it’s simply not true.


“The Kern Family Foundation is based on what it calls “the traditions of free enterprise…ordered liberty and good character.” The Kern Foundation applauds Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute for explaining in his book The Battle, that the “free enterprise is fundamentally a system of moral values such as honesty, courage, diligence, thrift and service to others.” Tell that to all of those who were hurt and cheated and swindled –– and left without homes and jobs –– because of the rampant fraud and corruption on Wall Street and in corporate boardrooms.


“The Walton Foundation focuses on “competition”, “charter school choice,” “private school choice,” and teacher effectiveness. It funds groups like Teach for America, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and the Charter School Growth Fund. It is no friend of public education.


“If the EWA is to – in fact – provide “high quality education coverage” so that reporters can get the story “right” and help “to create a better-informed society,” then it may have to shed the money it rakes in from those who have a very different agenda.”


Follow the money.