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Humility Still in Short Supply at the Gates Foundation by Anthony Cody

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Excuse me, but does Bill Gates live here?
Excuse me, but does Bill Gates live here?
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Anthony Cody here reviews the annual report of the CEO of the Gates Foundation, and finds it wanting, specifically its lack of humility and its absence of reflection. Gates  "doubles down" on Common Core, no matter how many educators call for revisions, and no reflection by Gates on the failure of test-based teacher accountability,  based on "value added" or "student growth"?  Why no mention of the foundation's push for charter schools, which replace public schools and divide communities?   How about explaining the debacle in Hillsborough County, Fla. which wasted $100 million on the Gates initiative and gave up?   Why no  reflection on the  failure of endless marketing technology for the classroom?  "All in all, a report that shows a mega-foundation incapable or unwilling to review its programs with honesty and integrity," says  Diane Ravitch.  

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