Computer genius, billionaire, philanthropist and—education visionary?
Stepping out of the world of computers and into the classroom, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is wielding his capital and celebrity to support his latest passion project: national standards for more rigorous math and English language arts and literacy programs in schools through the Common Core Standards Initiative.
“I'm thrilled this is moving forward and disappointed that, through confusion and various groups, its implementation is actually at risk in some states,” Gates told “Power Players.” “There are states looking at delays or looking at staying with the status quo.”
The status quo, Gates said, would mean sticking with the continuation of current math curricula that leave many students discouraged from pursuing careers in fields that involve math-related skills.
Critics of the Common Core, which includes the tea party and some teacher groups, argue that the new standards advocated by the CommonRead More »from Reinventing education: Bill Gates takes a controversial stance for school reform