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Sue Altman at EduShyster vividly sums up the frustration of a nation of educators at this new development: “So let me get this straight. The big business method of evaluation that now rules our schools is no longer the big business method of evaluation? And collaboration and teamwork, which have been abandoned by our schools in favor of the big business method of evaluation, is in?”
Big business can turn on a dime when the CEO orders it to do so. But changing policies embraced and internalized by dozens of states and thousands of school districts will take far, far longer. Which means the legacy of Bill Gates will continue to handicap millions of students and hundreds of thousands of teachers even as the company Gates founded, along with many other businesses, have thrown his pernicious performance model into the dustbin of history.
David Morris is director of the Public Good initiative at the Minneapolis- and Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Local Self-Reliance.
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