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Bill Gates wants your kids to learn history this way - and he's paying to get it into s... - 82 views

  • Gates told the Times article’s author, Andrew Ross Sorkin, that after he watched it:  “I just loved it. It was very clarifying for me. I thought, ‘God, everybody should watch this thing!’”
  • And there you have it. Bill Gates likes something; Bill Gates pays to get it into schools. It may be a good idea. It may be a bad idea. It doesn’t matter, because Gates has the money and clout to inject it into wherever he wants to inject it.
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    Don't dismiss Big History Project! The article, given another angle, could have illuminated the team behind the project, the teachers in the project, and the quality of the resources. Do give it a look.
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Four decades of failed school reform - The Washington Post - 54 views

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    A history of teaching/learning initiatives from a retiring teacher. "I saw countless reforms come and go; some even returned years later disguised in new education lingo. Some that were touted as "best practices" couldn't work, given Alexandria's demographics. Others were nothing but common-sense bromides hyped as revolutionary epiphanies. All of them failed to do what I believe to be key to teaching: to make students care about what they're studying and understand how it's relevant to their lives."
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U-Va. MOOC finds high attrition, high satisfaction - The Washington Post - 14 views

  • But some found that taking the online version and the U-Va. class simultaneously produced a “much heavier workload for them than they were accustomed to in their other courses,” according to Zelikow.
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