Daily Digest 06/16/2011

15 Jun
  • “The cost of K–12 public schooling in the United States comes to well over $500 billion per year. So, how much influence could anyone in the private sector exert by controlling just a few billion dollars of that immense sum? Decisive influence, it turns out. A few billion dollars in private foundation money, strategically invested every year for a decade, has sufficed to define the national debate on education; sustain a crusade for a set of mostly ill-conceived reforms; and determine public policy at the local, state, and national levels. In the domain of venture philanthropy—where donors decide what social transformation they want to engineer and then design and fund projects to implement their vision—investing in education yields great bang for the buck.”

    tags: education

  • Sarah Hill looks at the war for drugs and how Juárez, Mexico became the world’s deadliest city.

    tags: drugs Mexico violence

  • A new study in political science suggests middle class Americans feel less solidarity with the very poor than their counterparts in other countries because the very poor in America are more likely to be black. This is structural racism at its worst. 

    tags: inequality politics race

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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