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ERIC Number: ED537330
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar-8
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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Fact-Challenged Policy. Policy Memorandum #182
Rothstein, Richard
Economic Policy Institute
This paper is a response on the topic of school reform efforts being promoted by Bill Gates and other prominent education policy advocates. Last week, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates published an op-ed in the Washington Post, "How Teacher Development could Revolutionize our Schools," proposing that American public schools should do a better job of evaluating the effectiveness of teachers, a goal with which none can disagree. But his specific prescriptions, and the urgency he attaches to them, are based on the misrepresentation of one fact, the misinterpretation of another and the demagogic presentation of a third. It is remarkable that someone associated with technology and progress should have such a careless disregard for accuracy when it comes to the education policy in which he is now so deeply involved. Gates' most important factual claim is that "over the past four decades, the per-student cost of running our K-12 schools has more than doubled, while our student achievement has remained virtually flat." And, he adds, "spending has climbed, but our percentage of college graduates has dropped compared with other countries." In this paper, the author examines these factual claims. (Contains 1 table and 3 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 4; Grade 8
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Economic Policy Institute
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress