The Bill Gates Disconnect

deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog

Billionaire Bill gates keeps trying to impose his ideas on American public education in hopes of scaling something.

He has tried breaking larger schools into smaller ones smaller ones— a project that he abandoned.

He has tried teacher effectiveness– and bailed on that one, too.

He has tried funding Common Core— with the expectation that all else (curriculum, testing) would fall in line to “unleash powerful market forces” and create “a large base of customers eager to buy products that can help every kid learn and every teacher get better.”

To Gates, K12 education is an experiment, as Gates makes clear in a 2008 interview about mayoral control of schools, or removing control from an elected board and placing it in the hands of a single individual, the mayor:

They have to give us the opportunity for this experimentation.

The cities where our foundation has put the…

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