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Bill Gates Invites You to Learn About "The State of Education"by Diane Ravitch

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Diane, a former ass't Sec'y of Education, says: "What hubris to have foisted one failed idea after another and then to convene a summit on how to fix the mess you made!  If you wanted to know more about "The State of Education," and how to "rebuild a more equitable system," the last person you would ask is a billionaire.  Specifically, Bill Gates, who has spent billions over the past 20 years promoting  every failed reform I can think of:  high-stakes testing, charter schools, merit pay, value-added measurement of teachers, the Common Core, test-based accountability;  none of his crackpot theories  has made education better - - all of them have demoralized teachers & harmed students & public schools. 


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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)
 

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