common core state standards
A recent editorial suggested that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been characterized by hubris. It has hedged big bets, hoping its efforts would succeed. It's also suffered failure and for that it's been criticized as having exercised too much influence over education policy.
The essence of Education ®eform has been to transform students from the object to which pedagogy is directed, into the subject that is scrutinized as a proxy measure for institutional effect.
I'd like to say "thank you," teachers. Yours is a noble profession, a critical one. Thank you for welcoming our kids into your classrooms--into your lives--day after day, with all their needs and moods and eccentricities and 'tudes.