Friday, April 29, 2011

Where to Begin?

Sometimes I wonder if there isn't so much nonsense going on in the education world that I just had to take a break from writing about it. It's hard to write about it, coming into it with my perspective, without the writing building the ire.

I saw the other day that Pearson (the for-profit education giant) and the Gates Foundation are teaming up to design (and of course, sell) curricula based on the new Common Core standards. The Gates Foundation (a nonprofit, one of the "reformers" crowd) has given a $3 million grant to develop this curriculum, which of course makes me wonder why in God's name the biggest education company in the world needs any outside money to invest in what will end up being another huge money-maker for them.

I can't help but imagine what I could do with 3 million dollars!

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