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ERIC Number: ED508511
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Bill Gates, If You're so Rich, How Come You're Not Smart? Point of View Essay
Bracey, Gerald
Education Policy Research Unit
Bill Gates and the governors were quite vague about what makes the schools obsolete or what to do about it. What is it, exactly, that schools are not teaching that they need to? Bill Gates also claimed that American kids were at the top in fourth grade, but at the bottom by 12th. The author congratulates Gates for focusing some attention on economically deprived schools. However, he contends that Gates and the governors appear to think that school reform can, all by itself overcome their problems. But poor students arrive at school behind their middle class peers. As measured by tests, they learn the same amount during the school year, but lose the gains over the summer, leaving them farther behind. Gates and the governors should look for ways to eliminate the factors that cause poor children to lose ground during the months when the schools are closed.
Education Policy Research Unit. Arizona State University, Division of Advanced Studies in Education Policy, Leadership, and Curriculum, Mary Lou Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education, P.O. Box 872411, Tempe, AZ 85287. Tel: 480-965-1886; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State University, Education Policy Research Unit