AT: Bill Gates and Common Core

Last time I talked to Gates he seemed like a pretty OK guy, but it’s been a while.

3 thoughts on “AT: Bill Gates and Common Core

  1. Nice try, I guess but this is the last straw for me. I have seen virtually nothing posted here that is anything but Trumpist lies, conspiracy theory nonsense and reality denying garbage. Color me gone.


    1. I posted the article at the request of the author, and don’t claim expertise on the subject, but where is he in error?

      I really don’t see where you are contributing anything of substance, but go or stay as you choose.


  2. I am perpetually puzzled that the corruption and failures of our schools do not inspire greater outrage. You’d think that the damage we do to our children would concern us, but it doesn’t seem to.

    There must be many explanations to account for our complacency, ranging from the practical and political to the sociological. I suspect that among them is our perception that public education is inherently a “public good,” rather like roadways and water systems and other types of beneficial infrastructure.

    The phrase is a technical term. “In economics, a public good is a good that is both non-excludable and non-rivalrous in that individuals cannot be excluded from use or [it] could be enjoyed without paying for it, and where use by one individual does not reduce availability to others or the goods can be effectively consumed simultaneously by more than one person” (Wikipedia).

    Is public education non-excludable and non-rivalrous?

    No. It fails to meet either of those criteria. A school facility and textbooks may be non-excludable and non-rivalrous in the proper sense, but no two students can experience the same education. They may be exposed to the same instruction but they will necessarily learn different things, or more or less from it. Hence, the one student is excluded from the education of the other, and to learn anything at all requires an effectively rivalrous experience of the teaching.

    This is not to say that group or mass instruction is impossible or undesirable. It is merely to acknowledge that the benefits we seek in education are inherently unitary and private. Unlike a road which delivers all travelers to the same destination, education delivers every student to his own, unique destination.

    We should therefore not think of public education as a public good. Education by its very nature is exclusive and rivalrous, however much we might wish to pretend otherwise.

    I believe we would take public education’s failures and corruption more seriously if we understood the nature of education itself more clearly.


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