"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

Friday, October 29, 2010

Lancet Critiques Gates Foundation Again

The Lancet, a UK medical journal, recently released a series of papers on malaria elimination.  The Gates Foundation has been very active in the field, and The Lancet has questioned and criticized the foundation in the past.  Here's their most recent dig at the foundation:
The danger of the Gates call for a new era of elimination is that their immense funding power and influence (witness WHO's instant support) could cause damaging swings in funding and political priorities. As Robert Snow and colleagues have reported, funding for malaria control is falling well behind what it needs to be. Good intentions could cause adverse and unanticipated harms.
 Similar concerns could be raised regarding the foundation's role in K-12 public education.

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