One of his favorite problems these days is disguised as "underperforming" schools and teachers, when, in fact, Gates's real problems, if acknowledged, would include the real costs of urban renewal, the threat of unionism, the potential costs of any social disorder, inefficiency, and anything less than an oversupply of politically-fumigated, obedient, trained technical workers and technocrats to manage them.
The current Gates solution: KIPP Schools, where untrained white female Ivy Leagues temps engage the harshest forms of pedagogical antiquarianism in contained and segregated testing work camps. These ministrations are mixed with a potent brew of psychological programming, constant surveillance, harsh and certain punishment, competition, extrinsic rewards as "paychecks," and unending worker/student sacrifice for an organization that accepts nothing less than total compliance and devotion. KIPP's motto: Work Hard, Be Nice.
Tomorrow in my doctoral seminar we are discussing the Industrial Model of "education" that James Anderson describes in his history of black education during the three generations following Emancipation. The Industrial Model, which was a form of brainwashing and indoctrination for freed slaves who were being trained as teachers, was supported by every white philanthropist of the North as the solution to the "Negro problem" and the potential problem of unionism, worker rights, or fair pay for these freedmen being trained in a new form of subjugation to which they, themselves, would be complicit in managing.
Booker T. Washington was the star student at Hampton and was sent south to Tuskeegee to open up a franchise there based on the same principles of subjugation and second-class citizenship. He learned his lesson well, as he shows here in this clip from the 1895 Atlanta Exposition speech, which, by the way, was reprinted the next day in most major white newspaper in America.
. . . we do not for a moment forget that our part in this exhibition would fall far short of your expectations but for the constant help that has come to our educational life, not only from the southern states, but especially from northern philanthropists, who have made their gifts a constant stream of blessing and encouragement.
The wisest among my race understand that the agitation of questions of social equality is the extremist folly, and that progress in the enjoyment of all the privileges that will come to us must be the result of severe and constant struggle rather than of artificial forcing. No race that has anything to contribute to the markets of the world is long in any degree ostracized. It is important and right that all privileges of the law be ours, but it is vastly more important that we be prepared for the exercise of these privileges. The opportunity to earn a dollar in a factory just now is worth infinitely more than the opportunity to spend a dollar in an opera-house . . .