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The Gates Effect

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A look inside the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's $472-million (so far) effort to remake higher education, and at why many in academe are not cheering.
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Gates wants as many students as possible to go to college to fix poverty472 million spent so farSpent twice as much as Lumina Foundation on higher education plansGraduate more students, faster and cheaperOther ideas from researchers researching for years ignored due to gates money and fameGates plan used to equip students for short term employability"College completion may be the wrong goal," says Stanley N. Katz, who directs the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at Princeton University and has written critically about foundations. "There is too much emphasis on getting people through the system, processing them," he says. "That needs to be seen in relation to what students are in fact learning. It's a big problem, and it's getting very little discussion.""In a democracy, these are arguably the least democratic of institutions," says Scott L. Thomas, a scholar of higher education at Claremont Graduate University who has studied Gates and Lumina. "And they're having an outsized influence on education policy."MOOCs changing intro or remedial classes (REMEDIAL)Pressure to community colleges to graduate as many as possible.Colleges may water down requirementsColleges may turn away those who would struggle so they can increase their graduate rate with minimal issuesPromoting access and completion could increase divisions in society by creating separate and unequal programs"a better on-ramp for jobs but a worse one for real social mobility," says Robin Rogers, an associate professor of sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York "the leadership class of the United States could become one that students had to be born into or selected to be in"—through scholarships—"by the existing elite."Researchers silent because they want to chance to win Gates grantsHuman teachers only used where necessary
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College-Ready Education - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

College-Ready Education - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | The Gates Education Plan | Scoop.it
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“other countries are catching up with and even outpacing us” competitionTeacher feedback to fit individual’s needsAnti-one-size-fits-allTeachers not successful due to lack of feedbackTeachers need improvement for students to get betterTechnology incorporationTechnology as teachers so teachers have more time for one-on-one with students
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Bill Gates on the Future of Education, Programming, and Just About Everything Else

Bill Gates on the Future of Education, Programming, and Just About Everything Else | The Gates Education Plan | Scoop.it
At Microsoft's recent Faculty Summit, Bill Gates expressed his views on a range of topics, including education, patents, computer science, and machine learning.
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Massive open online courses (MOOCs)Up to teachers to provide the social benefits of in-person schooling
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Accountability for Mr. Gates: The Billionaire Philanthropist Evaluation

Accountability for Mr. Gates: The Billionaire Philanthropist Evaluation | The Gates Education Plan | Scoop.it
But let's imagine we could turn the tables on Mr. Gates and evaluate his performance as a philanthropist. Might we establish some goals to which we could hold our billionaires accountable?
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