EdWeek and the Gates Love Affair that Just Won’t Go Away

In the Digital Education blog at Education WeekQ&A: Bill Gates on Teaching, Ed Tech, and Philanthropy provides Gates with yet another platform to (this time) continue his re-messaging campaign.

Yep, he uses words like “magical” (did you get goose bumps?), but if you read carefully, as Jersey Jazzman did, Gates has simply learned to soften his teacher-bashing mantra: In about 1000 words, Gates utters “teacher” over twenty times.

Despite his new messaging, Gates has only one trick: Fix the teacher! Fix the teacher! Fix the teacher!

So here’s a couple messages for EdWeek and Gates:

  1. We are past the point of needing any further evidence that Gates is harmful to the education reform movement; therefore, the media is now clearly culpable in that failure as well for providing opportunity after opportunity for Gates to sell his ever-shifting and inexpert messages. Shame on you, EdWeek.
  2. And, Bill Gates, I know everyone grovels at your billion-dollar feet, but we educators, academics, and scholars aren’t the simpletons you think we are. We don’t buy it, and we never did.* Please go back to playing with your toys and leave our field alone. Please.

Frankly, I’m tired of this; I am disappointed that this still matters, but once again:

If Bill Gates had no money, who would listen to him about education reform? No one–the same as who should listen to him now.

* For fun, compare claims by Gates such as “…much of the promise of technology in the classroom has to do with adaptive, personalized learning for every student. The best applications out there can adapt to different students’ learning needs, figure out what they know and what they still need work on” with a little video from 1954:


  1. Linda Johnson says:

    This is a case of “He who pays the piper calls the tune.” As long as Bill Gates supports Ed Week, they will support his point of view.


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