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Gates Awards 15 Grants for Common-Standards Work

Ohanian Comment: So why don't we save the US taxpayer a whole lot of money and just name Bill Gates The US Department of Education? Not just the Secretary but the whole department.

As always, money talks, and by pumping money into colleges of education, Gates again insures their silence.

I await with eager anticipation the course outlines, diagnostic tools, and assessments for the designated 11th grade reading of Pride and Prejudice and As I Lay Dying, a novel employing stream of consciousness, using 15 narrators.

The Grammy-nominated metalcore band As I Lay Dying derived its name from this novel. Did they read it?

Who currently dictating and applauding corporate-politico education policy do you think has read William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying?

We should ask them to present a good case for why every 11th grader in America should read it.

1) Bill Gates

2) President Obama

3) Arne Duncan

4) any member of the National Governors Association

5) any member of the Council of Chief State School Officers [Note the contact information. Use it!]

6) Rep. George Miller

7) Brent Staples, education editorial writer for The New York Times

8) Randi Weingarten, President AFT

9) Dennis Van Roekel, President NEA

10) Think of someone else who supports the Common Core Standards, and ask them to explain why 11th graders should read As I Lay Dying?

For starters, you could ask education writers.

Send me the responses.

I am very serious about this: PLEASE query a few people and send me the responses.

NOTE: Education Week is allowing free access to this article. Go to the URL below.

By Catherine Gewertz

In a bid to help schools translate pages and pages of common academic standards into real classroom work, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $19.5 million to the development and piloting of new instructional tools and assessments.

The 15 grants, announced last week, are intended to address what Carina Wong, who oversees college-readiness grants at the Gates Foundation, calls the "now-what? question." Officials at the Seattle-based philanthropy hope they will help policymakers, district leaders, and teachers begin to figure out what to do with the standards as their states move toward adopting them. Kentucky has already adopted the standards, even though they are in draft form.

The money is intended to help develop an array of teaching resources such as course outlines, diagnostic tools, and assessments. It also will be used to find ways to establish how well the standards reflect college-level expectations.

All the projects will complement the common standards, in an initiative led by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association. Forty-eight states support the initiative. . . . [Read the rest of this article at the url below.]

— Catherine Gewertz
Education Week





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