A recent editorial suggested that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been characterized by hubris. It has hedged big bets, hoping its efforts would succeed. It's also suffered failure and for that it's been criticized as having exercised too much influence over education policy.
I know board members care deeply about public education. But as recently deceased board member Ms. Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte said about students, and I think you could apply this to the board's relationship with the public: "They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."
From coast to coast, in states both red and blue, wide adoption of the academic goals for math and English embodied in the Common Core State Standards is leading to an intense focus on ensuring that all students are successful after high school.
As pundits, influencers and personalities debate, shouldn't we hear more from the minds to be molded? How do our students feel about their ability to compete, our ability to compete and the role of the education system?