We recently ran a 3 part series, taking a look at the Gates Foundations corrosive impact on public education, which you can read here:
The Wall Street Journal had an interview with Bill Gates over the weekend, confirming many of the facts we brought to your attention
"But the overall impact of the intervention, particularly the measure we care most about—whether you go to college—it didn't move the needle much," he says.
What follows in this article is deeply disturbing. Mr. Gates, seemingly from watching some fictional movies about teaching, now believes he should experiment with teachers careers and students learnging
The article goes on to discuss his various classroom experiements, and denigrates teachers associations as standing for "the status quo" - which apperently means opposing Bill Gates movie based reforms. Most corporate eduction reformers come to the table with the same resume. Little or no education experience or expertise, a business background, an unwillingness to listen to anyone else, and to attack experts in the field as supporting the status quo. Bill Gates is no different, but what is different is his ability to wield hundreds of millions of dollars to get his way.
It's a pity Gates didn't get inspired by "Armageddon" or some other Sci-Fi movie, becuase then, instead of wrecking public education, he could be spending his money helping to build a replacement for the now retired Space Shuttle.