We can expect all students to go to college, said Melinda Gates of the Gates Foundation in an NPR interview.
And maybe they are not coming in with the right reading or math skills, but we are going to bring them up, and we are going to have high expectations of them.
NPR also asked why the Gates-funded group, Strong American Schools, “has no official stand on vouchers, on charter schools, on No Child Left Behind, or on any other bill in Congress.”
Because I think it’s more important to get the American people demanding of the presidential candidates that they address these issues. The thing that we are talking about is bigger than any specific one piece of bill or one legislation; it’s having Americans rise up and say, ‘Let’s collectively do something about it; let’s debate the issues; let’s come up with the right solutions.’ We’re not trying to dictate a solution. We don’t think we have all of the answers, but we think the American people should make sure that their candidates lead on this issue and come up with the right answers.
How can people evaluate which are the right answers if education reformers won’t discuss policy trade-offs. Talking about education — it’s good! we need more of it! — isn’t enough.