re: Ed Tech, Privatization And Plunder
Thank you. As you can tell, I'm kind of on both sides of this. I was originally going to write a column saying a few kind words about Bill Gates, someone whose motivations some educators seem to be intensely suspicious of. I do think he deserves more credit than he gets for his turn to philanthropy and the sincerity of his efforts to improve education. Some of the things the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funds, such as the development of open educational resources to reduce the cost of quality education, strike me as unalloyed goodness.
Used intelligently, technology and online delivery of content ought to be able to do some good things for education. The policy questions are where things get trickier: stuff like whether the availability of MOOCs provides an excuse to cut back on funding of public university courses for those subjects.
I think one of the biggest problems with education, particularly in the K12 public schools, is that it is forever being "reformed" and the results of each of these reform efforts wind up layered on top of each other until we get a bureaucratic mess.