Thursday, May 24, 2018
Bill Gates Ideas Are A Failure When It Comes To Public Eduction.
Over the last twenty years. Bill Gates has used his vast fortune, reputation, and celebrity to push an education agenda that radically changed the landscape. His ideas was must sought after by education reformers, politicians, and even the AFT. Remember Randi Weingarten , President of the AFT invited Bill Gates to be the keynote speaker at their convention. His many ideas were adopted by various administrations and States. Most have proven to be failures and his latest idea is the Obama imposed teacher evaluation system is rapidly falling into disfavor and in some states has been eliminated. Here are some of Bill Gates ideas that are no longer used in education.
First, was the small high schools that Bill Gates pushed and a decade later he admitted that it was a failure as they failed to show improved academic achievement. Next, was making teachers accountable for student growth which was based on "junk Science" and high-states testing. Now more and more Sates are moving away from this failed model. Bill Gates also proposed that cameras be installed in the classroom. However, this idea was blocked by teachers who realized that the cameras would be used by administrators to spy on them and not to help students Finally, Bill Gates convinced the Obama Administration to push a teacher evaluation system on the States by bribing them with federal money during the height of the recession. Here again the teacher evaluation system is failing students and discouraging teachers from staying in the low paying profession.
Presently, Bill Gates has decided that all students need a quality teacher. However, when it comes yo defining a quality teacher, Mr. Gates is strangely silent. Maybe because he knows that many urban and rural school districts hire "newbie" teachers and despite his "children first" statements, he knows that these teachers have a steep learning curve that makes their students guinea pigs. He also believes that the graduation rate is a measure of success even when he admitted that far too many students graduate unprepared for the adult world.
Bill Gates may spend a billion dollars on public education (most go to charter school networks) but when it comes to teachers, he is the reason that their is a teacher shortage as they are being held unfairly accountable for student outcomes.