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What's Working: Empowering Diverse Students in Washington State Charter Schools

Allan Golston | Posted 02.29.2016 | Education
Allan Golston

Instead of dreading Mondays, students at Summit Sierra High School in Seattle actually complained about taking two weeks off for winter break--they mi...

Will Bill Gates Read Anthony Cody's The Educator and the Oligarch?

John Thompson | Posted 12.24.2014 | Education
John Thompson

The Educator and the Oligarch explains how the failed Gates reforms could create an education dystopia. Cody recalls the discredited 1950's behaviorism of B.F. Skinner, and shows the frightening similarities between his operant conditioning and today's "personalized" online instruction.

What Do We Call Opponents of Corporate Education Reform?

Diane Ravitch | Posted 06.07.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

For the past decade or more, a bevy of very powerful people have savaged our nation's public schools while calling themselves "reformers." It is perfectly clear that they have no desire to "reform" our public schools but to privatize and monetize them.

Bill Gates Tries to Fashion Teacher Support for His Beloved Common Core

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 05.17.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The bottom line is that no proponent of CCSS has any solid proof of its efficacy, Bill Gates and his billions included.

Joy Resmovits

Bill Gates Accuses Common Core Critics Of Trying To Send U.S. Back In Time | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics

Bill Gates is rallying teachers to support an embattled cause, the Common Core State Standards. At a speech Friday afternoon in Washington, D.C., t...

Should Bill Gates Care More About The Arts? | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

The big news in the art world last week was the record-busting auction at Christie's in which $142.4 million -- a world-wide auction record for any wo...

These 11 Education Leaders Have Never Been Teachers

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

They design teacher evaluation systems, teacher training guidelines and the types of standards that need to be taught. Yet, they have never been teach...

The Shame of Our Nation

Diane Ravitch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Diane Ravitch

Someday we will say, as we should be saying now, that we cannot tolerate the loss of so many young lives. We cannot continue to blame teachers, principals, and schools for our society's collective abandonment of so many children.

Dear Reformers: I Didn't Mean to Hurt Your Feelings

Diane Ravitch | Posted 12.15.2013 | Politics
Diane Ravitch

Please know that I didn't mean to hurt your feelings. I just wanted to let you know that your efforts to create a dual system of publicly funded schools turns back the clock to the shameful era before the Brown decision. And I wanted you to know that your reliance on standardized testing is a grand mistake.

Mercedes Schneider Explains: Who Paid for the Common Core Standards

Diane Ravitch | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics
Diane Ravitch

Instead of developing a democratic process in which teachers, scholars and specialists were consulted at every step in the process -- instead of trying out the standards to see how they work in real classrooms -- the Gates Foundation and the Department of Education took a shortcut.

7 Things Educators Want To Tell Bill Gates

Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

Just five years after leaving the day-to-day operations of Microsoft, Bill Gates has become a major player in education policy -- and some teachers ar...

Ed Today: Bill Gates's Education Philanthropy Over Time; New York City Parents Sue Over School Funding

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Gates's Gigantic Growth? Michigan State University Professor Sarah Reckhow takes a look at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's funding patterns over on Alexander Russo's blog. "The decade from 2000 to 2010 was a time of enormous growth and evolution for the Gates Foundation," Reckhow writes. "Warren Buffett's pledge of more than $30 billion substantially increased the Gates Foundation's resources, and grant-making more than doubled from 2005 to 2009. Even more marked are the Foundation's dramatically shifted priorities." Over the years, Gates has shifted its money from directly funding schools to instead subsidizing research, advocacy and activism.

WATCH: Gates Talks Saving World, Being 'Geekier' Than Steve Jobs On Colbert

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 01.31.2013 | Impact

Stephen Colbert told Bill Gates that he’s not as “cool” as Steve Jobs, but he has a chance of getting there if saving the world, ya know, ever g...

Bill Gates: Education Should Be America's Top Concern

Posted 02.01.2013 | Impact

Bill Gates was on "Morning Joe" Wednesday to talk about the role of innovation in humanitarian aid, but singled out education as the issue that could ...

Occupy Giving

David Morris | Posted 03.04.2012 | Politics
David Morris

While most foundations do not engage in campaigns to expand policies that extend a helping hand to our neighbors, a growing number are engaging in campaigns whose result may be the opposite.

Bianca Bosker

Bill Gates On States' Accounting: 'The Guys At Enron Never Would Have Done This' | Bianca Bosker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- During a second appearance onstage at the annual TED conference, Bill Gates spoke out against worsening state budget deficits ca...

Bill Gates: 'What I've Learned About Great Teachers'

Parade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

"In almost every area of human endeavor, the practice improves over time," says Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. "That hasn't been the case for teachi...