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August 28, 2012

The Gates Foundation Writes: K-12 Education: An Opportunity Catalyst

Guest post by Irvin Scott. In this fourth of five exchanges with the Gates Foundation, we take on some of the biggest questions of all: What is the purpose of a K-12 education? How do we think about college and career readiness? How do the Common Core Standards fit in? This post can also be viewed ...

August 20, 2012

The Gates Foundation Responds: Poverty Does Matter--But It Is Not Destiny

Guest post by Chris Williams of the Gates Foundation. This guest post is a response to Anthony Cody's post of a week ago, Can Schools Defeat Poverty by Ignoring It? This is the third topic in a series of five exchanges exploring critical issues in education reform. This post can also be viewed an...

August 15, 2012

Gerald Coles: KIPP Schools: Power Over Evidence

Guest post by Gerald Coles. In the debate over charter schools, KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) schools are hailed by charter advocates as illustrative of what these alternatives to public schools can produce. With KIPP, poverty need not impede academic success. Enroll students from economically...

August 13, 2012

Dialogue with the Gates Foundation: Can Schools Defeat Poverty by Ignoring It?

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody This post is the third round of a five-part exchange with the Gates Foundation. This post can also be viewed and commented on over at the Gates Foundation's Impatient Optimist blog. This time I get to go first, and our topic is this: What is the role of educat...

August 08, 2012

Responding to the Gates Foundation: How do we Consider Evidence of Learning in Teacher Evaluations?

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody This post is the second round in a five-part exchange with the Gates Foundation. This is a response to yesterday's post from Vicki Phillips, How do we Consider Evidence of Student Learning in Teacher Evaluations? This post can also be viewed and commented on o...

August 07, 2012

The Gates Foundation Writes: How Do We Consider Evidence of Student Learning in Teacher Evaluation?

Guest post by Vicki Phillips. This post tackles the second topic in a five part dialogue with representatives of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It is also posted over at the Gates Foundation's Impatient Optimist blog. A response from Anthony Cody has now been posted here. Education debate...

July 23, 2012

Dialogue With the Gates Foundation: How Do We Build the Teaching Profession?

Post #1 of 5 in this dialogue. Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody Two weeks ago I traveled to Seattle and spent most of the day meeting with leaders of the Gates Foundation, discussing their work around education reform. I have been critical of the impact their agenda has had, but they expressed...

July 13, 2012

The Gates Foundation's Education Philanthropy: Are Profit Seeking and Market Domination a Public Service?

Guest post by Chemtchr. Part Two of Two. See Part One here. The Gates Foundation favors a charitable model known as a public-private partnership, which appears at first to be an enlightened model for corporate engagement. For-profit ventures are "partnered" with the government for funding, to d...

July 04, 2012

The Gates Foundation's Leveraged Philanthropy: Corporate Profit Versus Humanity on Three Fronts

Guest post by Chemtchr. Part One of Two. Part Two is here. Philanthropy wonk Lucy Bernholz defines the buzzword leverage as "the idea that you can use a little money to access a lot of money." It's hard to think of the Gates Foundation's $26 billion leverage effort as "a little money", especiall...

June 12, 2012

Technocratic Expansion of Education Data Systems Stirs Privacy Concerns

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody What will it mean for every one of the nation's 50 million students to have a unique ID number, and be included in a national database that tracks every test they ever take? And teachers will get ID numbers as well, so the database can track the test performance...

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