Dana Goldstein and some others interviewed Bill Gates. Worth reading.
Gates said he feels growing concern about the survivors of once-deadly childhood diseases like malaria and polio, who often arrive at school with cognitive delays that make it difficult to learn.
Gates gives to education reform in USA and to health/immunization work in the Third World. I wonder if he’ll tackle education reform in the Third World. Or perhaps that just spirals out of control in terms — i.e., loss of mission discipline, trying to solve too much, and not solving much at all.
I looked up his annual letter for a clue. There’s a mention of the U.N. focus on universal access to primary school, but no mention of Gates Foundation directly tackling either education access or quality in poor countries. Makes sense to me. There’s only so much one
man couple (Bill and Melinda) can do.
So what did Gates say about education reform in the USA? DG writes:
He hinted that his foundation may soon invest resources in alternate rankings of American colleges, saying the true metric for success in higher education should be whether a school accepts a student “with a combined SAT score of 600, and they got $100,000 jobs, and they’re super happy.”
That’s a great idea. Essentially it’s “value-added” applied to colleges.
Disclosure: Gates Foundation funds a group called NextGen, which funded the Match Next “blended learning school” I sometimes write about here.
Disclosure: I own a MacBook Pro.
Coming Attractions: I have many thoughts to share on the latest publication of the Gates-funded Measures of Effective Teaching Project. But I haven’t organized them yet, so it’ll have to wait.