Since the time I time I taught at Ida B. Wells high school in San Francisco, I have been interested in and connected with, both closely and loosely at different points, eduction reform.  I understand the crucial roles that arts and science and math and physical education and reading play in learning and development.  I am pro-data and pro-accountability.  AND I have long been leery of the rally call to data-driven this and data-driven that especially since those seeking and calling for the data most often have a very limited idea of what data looks like and which data are meaningful when it comes to developing healthy, well-adjusted, critical-thinking young people.

I’m glad to see that Stanley N. Katz director of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School is talking about the connection between philanthropy and policy in his article “Big Philanthropy’s Role in Higher Education” on the The Chronicle of Higher Education site.  We need more conversation and most of all more transparency about the relationship and what responsible philanthropy means in a democratic and pluralistic society if we really are interested in quality public education for all.