What Does Big Tech Want From Schools? (Spoiler Alert: It's Not Money)

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Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft pour millions into K-12 through philanthropies. Microsoft and Google create products just for schools—and give them away for free. All four spearhead efforts to expand computer science courses, teach kids to code, or join the engineering profession. Some enlist educators to serve as representatives and sounding boards for the companies.

Our recent, nationally representative survey found that 60% of teachers think Big Tech has too much influence in K-12 schools. But is that influence really all negative, and all driven by profit motives, as some critics of Big Tech suggest?

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