Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Gates Foundation Now Says Small Schools "Disappointing"
Over at Gotham Schools, Elizabeth tells us how all the bigwigs in education policy went out to Seattle to hear the latest thoughts of Bill Gates on education. The news is that the Gates Foundation has soured on small schools. And in a remarkable blast of friendly fire at his old allies, Joel Klein and Mike Bloomberg, he says small schools here don't do any better in preparing kids for college.
Gates spent years of telling school systems to reorganize high schools into small schools. As a result, billions in NYC capital spending that would be better used to build schools and reduce class sizes were sucked up into reconfiguring space for his policy. Now he tells us, in essence, 'oops, that small school stuff doesn't work so well'. He's on to the new new thing -- national standards and, of course, more testing.
I have had enough of the Gates Foundation telling me how my kids should be educated. I wish the people behind the Broad Foundation, Dell Foundation, Gates Foundation and all the rest of the special interests would find more productive ways to fritter away their billions. Of course none of these billionaires would send their own kids to the public schools.