"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

. . .a pupil attitude factor, which appears to have a stronger relationship to achievement than do all the “school” factors together, is the extent to which an individual feels that he has some control over his own destiny. James Coleman, 1966

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Bill Gates Loves KIPP, Too

See Clay Burell's coverage and discussion of the Bill Gates recent talk at TED, where Gates discussed four world problems: malaria, AIDS, pnemonia, and teachers. Then he gave everyone in his audience a copy of the celebratory screed on KIPP's Feinberg and Levin by Jay Mathews. Is there a Pulitzer category for history as soap opera?


  1. I don't even know what surreal means anymore--we're losing all frames of reference.

    This is a dangerous talk.

  2. Anonymous7:34 PM

    Talk is cheap. I'm sure there's a classroom that could use a geeky computer teacher.

  3. And if ever there was a comment thread in which your input might sway a few people needing more info on KIPP and more, that one's it. They've swallowed Gates' expert talk hook, line, and sinker.