Foundations supported by Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates are lending their backing to a nonprofit focused on improving high-speed broadband in schools.
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November 22, 2013
September 04, 2013
Education Nation, 2013: Will NBC News Use the Gates Foundation's Facts Again? Or Can We Get a Real Dialogue Going?
If Education Nation is to deliver on its promise of a thoughtful, well-informed dialogue, it should feature both sides of the debate raging over the central issues in education
August 15, 2013
Bill Gates says that listening to classroom teachers will be key if technology is to transform K-12 education.
July 17, 2013
whether at the K12 level or higher education, schools are facing the same push from Mr. Gates and his allies in business. Schools must serve employers, and must do it more cheaply than ever.
July 09, 2013
A coalition of K-12 advocacy groups has filed a lawsuit against Washington state's new charter law, alleging it is unconstitutional.
June 14, 2013
Common Core standards are not the end of the world. They are, however, an obstacle to the reclaiming of our profession, rather than a vehicle.
May 23, 2013
Bill Gates suggested that in time teachers and voters would come along to see the benefits of the experiments the billionaire reformers want to do in our schools. That was four years ago - and the experiments have run their course. A research paper by Elaine Weiss and Don Wong took a close look at the results in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Chicago, exactly the three cities touted by Gates as the petri dishes for his market-driven experiments.
May 08, 2013
Bill Gates has described himself as a technocrat, so perhaps it is natural that he would fixate on some piece of technology as the missing element. But the real things that are missing are the time that teachers need to work together, and the understanding that this time will be most fruitful when teachers are given the autonomy to tackle the challenges they face, rather than micromanaged and driven by test score data.
April 26, 2013
I have come to look at schools as a critical focal point in the fight for the soul of the nation. Our schools are foundational for our cultural life, and so much depends on our having a flourishing, humanizing public-education system. The battle over the schools is a microcosm of the battle that is going on everywhere else, but which most people feel too powerless to fight. Maintaining local control of our public schools system is essential for enabling even the possibility of such a fight.
April 05, 2013
But let's imagine we could turn the tables on Mr. Gates and evaluate his performance as a philanthropist. Might we establish some goals to which we could hold our billionaires accountable? We do not have any measurable indicators such as test scores to use, but since I do not find these to be of great value in any case, I will offer a more qualitative metric, based on my knowledge of the subject's work. Since he has spoken glowingly of the salutary effect of feedback on teachers, surely he will welcome this feedback, even though it is unsolicited.