Eli Broad and Bill Gates plan to spend $60 Million to push "educational reform" to the top of the 2008 political agenda. Who thinks this constitutes reform?
Here's the agenda:
- National standardized curriculum
- Longer school day
- Merit pay
There are some great comments about this on the web:
Roger Shank at The Pulse: One More Time; Rich Folks Misunderstand Education Reform
"I am glad that some rich guys have decided it is important to fix American education. Their method – get the candidates to take education reform seriously - sounds good on the surface but it will be another waste of money – the same money that could actually fix the nation’s schools."
Next Things Blog - Self-defeating Standardization
"Lengthening the school day and the school year are entirely unnecessary if teachers could make curriculum choices that fully engaged students in learning. Students pay scant attention to the dreary materials served up to them now. Why prolong the agony?"
And summing it all up: AAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH!
from Will Richardson