Gates speaks up for Common Core

As more states rethink Common Core standards and testing, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates says high, consistent standards are essential to keep the U.S. competitive with other nations.

The Gates Foundation has spent $75 million to support the Common Core movement.

The Common Core is under attack from all sides. The right complains of federal meddling. Teachers’ unions are backing away, citing poor implementation. Parents are confused. And reform opponents really don’t like the fact that it’s backed by Bill Gates. He must know that, but think he has clout with other factions.

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  1. Gates has become a one-man, self-appointed national school board. Nonetheless, the United States remains a vast and diverse nation, unable to agree on one mission and set of methods for educating its children.

    Fortunately, running a school is not rocket science. Most functioning communities could do it better without the constant bumping of the helping hand.

    Some places have neither functioning communities nor effective schools. But they don’t care what Gates thinks.

  2. Michael E. Lopez says:

    I suppose I don’t mind the Common Core, though there’s always the danger that it’s a Trojan Horse for some ultra-right-wing or ultra-left-wing ideology.

    Frankly, I find it all to be an extravagant waste of time, energy, and money. The problems affecting United States schools, to the extent there are problems, were never really curricular.

    • Stacy in NJ says:

      “I find it all to be an extravagant waste of time, energy, and money.”

      The same is true of almost all federal policy initiatives. Perhaps that is a larger truth worth investigating.

    • Roger Sweeny says:

      But futzing around with new curricula means we don’t have to ask a lot of hard questions, or delivery any mean answers.