Designing a plan without the leadership of those who know the system best is more like misanthropy than philanthropy. For those who tell me they want to assist our schools, I will not sign on until I know educators are at the center of the decision making.
With climate change now officially a real and present danger, attention is turning back to the promise of clean energy and cleantech.
Earlier this month, Palestinian human rights organizations launched a campaign calling on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to divest from the controversial British security firm G4S, which they say is "at the heart of [Israel's prison] system, installing and running security systems at Israeli jails."
Yes, there are a few, such as Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, who made it big. But they are the outliers -- and they too don't fit the stereotype. Here are six myths about what it actually takes to make it.
There is still much to do -- millions of lives to save and people to make healthy. Bill Gates believes his beloved downward red line can dip below "well below a million" in his lifetime, and we agree.
Since 2010, a landfill fire has been moving toward 8,700 tons of unlined illegally dumped radioactive waste in Bridgeton, Missouri. The site is in the middle of working-class neighborhoods, right next to the Saint Louis airport, and near a hospital, schools and a great number of businesses.
As Vice President of Microsoft's U.S. Small-and-Midsized Business group, Cindy Bates leads the company's efforts to help SMBs realize their full poten...
You'd think that that public television would support public education, but you'd be wrong. The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) has gotten in bed with the billionaires and conservatives who want to privatize our public schools.
In this video, Diane Ravitch and I talk about the problem with charter schools being run by billionaires, celebrities and individuals with no experience in education; the fact that taxpayers are increasingly funding religious schools and why hedge-fund managers see education as an emerging market.
They can purchase publicity. They can offer talking points. But they cannot back their diehard delivery with evidence that the Common Core does anything other than divest American public education of its democratically-protected autonomy.
The impact of Bloomberg, Gates, Bush, and Obama policies on school segregation can be seen in the New York City neighborhoods of Harlem and Central Brooklyn. Since 2000, demographics in central Harlem have shifted dramatically.
Just as the top college basketball teams are competing their way towards the April 7 National Championship Game, so are high schools seniors as they learn which colleges have accepted, waitlisted or rejected them.
At first glance, capitalism circa 2014 looks like a pretty soulless endeavor: massive piles of fast money, no wider context of conscience involved. Ju...
I have seen, first-hand the potential that is unleashed in an individual with a renewed sense of health and hope.
Across the nation, parents and educators are raising objections to the Common Core standards, and many states are reconsidering whether to abandon them and the federally-funded tests that accompany them.
Maybe the error lies not in too much intervention to boost wages, but in assuming a healthy economy is possible without such corrective action. Maybe we can provide living wages and decent benefits and still thrive economically. Maybe Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are wrong.