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Feb 13 - Bill and Melinda Gates have spent $53 billions trying to fix US public education
 

 
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Over the past 20 years, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has spent $53.8 billion on issues ranging from public health to economic development. Some 16% of these funds have been spent on the foundation’s U.S. programs, which focus on education. The rest is spent on international initiatives, including providing vaccines and family health care in developing countries, expanding economic opportunities, providing emergency relief and much more.

But in their 2020 Annual Letter titled “Why We Swing for the Fences,” Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, former Microsoft general manager Melinda Gates, say they have not made the progress they expected — despite their financial commitments.

“If you’d asked us 20 years ago, we would have guessed that global health would be our foundation’s riskiest work, and our U.S. education work would be our surest bet. In fact, it has turned out just the opposite,” Melinda Gates writes. “In global health, there’s a lot of evidence that the world is on the right path — like the dramatic decline in childhood deaths, for example,” she says. “When it comes to U.S. education, though, we’re not yet seeing the kind of bottom-line impact we expected.”

The goal of the foundation’s U.S. initiatives is to increase economic mobility, increase the number of black, Latino and low-income students who go to college, increase college access, improve college graduation rates and support children in their home state of Washington.

The Gates have given to education initiatives since 2000, but they have not seen significant improvements in these areas. For instance, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the six-year college graduation rate for American college students has hovered around just 60% for decades. For black, Latino and low-income students, college graduation rates are even lower.

Throughout the letter, Bill and Melinda provide explanations for why their education initiatives have not seen the same impressive results as their public health initiatives.

Lack of consensus

Melinda says that while the foundation aims to support the ideas of those who have spent their careers working in education, one hurdle has been that many in the field disagree about how to improve student outcomes.

“In global health, we know that if children receive the measles vaccine, they will be protected against the disease, which means they’re more likely to survive. But there’s no consensus on cause and effect in education,” she says. “Are charter schools good or bad? Should the school day be shorter or longer? Is this lesson plan for fractions better than that one? Educators haven’t been able to answer those questions with enough certainty to establish clear best practices.”

Without research that provides universal solutions, the couple says it has been difficult to fund universal outcomes.

Scale

And unlike funding a single intervention like vaccination clinics, improving educational outcomes requires supporting students along 13 years of schooling, says Melinda. “The process is so cumulative that changing the ultimate outcome requires intervention at many different stages,” she writes.

And while the Gates Foundation has funded full college scholarships to 20,000 students of color, Melinda concedes that this is just a small percentage of the tens of millions of students who have attended U.S. public schools since the scholarship’s inception 16 years ago.

Bill also writes about how the foundation’s billion-dollar bet on Common Core, a set of standards for all students in each grade, fell short of their expectations.

“We thought that if states raised the standards, the market would respond and develop new instructional materials that aligned with those standards,” he says. “That didn’t happen.”

He continues, “If there’s one lesson we’ve learned about education after 20 years, it’s that scaling solutions is difficult. Much of our early work in education seemed to hit a ceiling. Once projects expanded to reach hundreds of thousands of students, we stopped seeing the results we hoped for.”

Local solutions

To address these issues, the couple is taking a new approach.

“It became clear to us that scaling in education doesn’t mean getting the same solution out to everyone,” writes Bill. “Our work needed to be tailored to the specific needs of teachers and students in the places we were trying to reach.”

Bill says that because of this lesson, the foundation has shifted to funding solutions proposed by local public school networks as part of an initiative they call Networks for School Improvement.

So far, the organization has spent $240 million on the program. “Rather than focus on one-size-fits-all solutions, our foundation wants to create opportunities for schools to learn from each other,” writes Bill.

The role of philanthropy

It’s not the first time the couple has been let down by the results of their education initiatives.

In their 2018 letter, Bill admitted that they “haven’t seen the large impact we had hoped for.”

Despite these continued challenges, Melinda says they are committed to the cause.

“The fact that progress has been harder to achieve than we hoped is no reason to give up, though. Just the opposite. We believe the risk of not doing everything we can to help students reach their full potential is much, much greater,” writes Melinda this year. “Our role as philanthropists is not only to take risks that support innovation but to work with our partners to overcome the challenges of scale in delivering it.”

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 2 months ago '04        #2
skillahmang 
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Thats fu*king sad, hopefully curriculum is at the forefront.
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 2 months ago '06        #3
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To fix public education in this country, it no longer needs to be seen as an entitlement and the standards need to be greatly increased.

Too much of teachers work now-a-days is being a glorified baby sitter
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 2 months ago '18        #4
DUCEDUCE 
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The thing wrong with education is teachers are not paid enough and parents are not involved enough.
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 2 months ago '06        #5
imthatinfamous 
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 DUCEDUCE said
The thing wrong with education is teachers are not paid enough and parents are not involved enough.
ill agree with the second half of that but the first half of that is platitudes....teachers in Boston with a Masters (which is required) and the metro areas are making $100K+ by their 8th - 10th year depending on their CBA. Teachers salary is a reflection of the community they teach it...how you expect a teacher in a lower middle class community in which the average household income is $50K be making more than the community they are servicing?

on top of that, most teachers unions have great benefits


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 2 months ago '11        #6
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 imthatinfamous said
ill agree with the second half of that but the first half of that is platitudes....teachers in Boston with a Masters (which is required) and the metro areas are making $100K+ by their 8th - 10th year depending on their CBA. Teachers salary is a reflection of the community they teach it...how you expect a teacher in a lower middle class community in which the average household income is $50K be making more than the community they are servicing?

on top of that, most teachers unions have great benefits
they pay cops more than the communities they police in a lot of areas sometimes with little education just military service
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 2 months ago '17        #7
AllWins 
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This is ridiculous . We need to tax these evil rich people at 90% or more.

Look at these greedy billionaires hoarding money and crushing the little guy.

Def not greedy for me to want their wealth in my pockets. I should get paid back on my bad investment in school and credit card debt.

If you’re not successful it’s because we don’t have enough socialism.


#BernoutsUnited




 2 months ago '16        #8
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 Sin said



Over the past 20 years, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has spent $53.8 billion on issues ranging from public health to economic development. Some 16% of these funds have been spent on the foundation’s U.S. programs, which focus on education.

Slapped. Do you even read this sh*t at all before posting? This is in the first paragraph! Not $53.8B, or even 16% of that. "Focus on" doesn't even necessarily mean that 51%+ of that 16% is spent on education.

Maybe you should slow down and learn how to read before offering commentary on education in the US

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 2 months ago '11        #9
Sin  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x9 OP
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 Boogersugar said
Slapped. Do you even read this sh*t at all before posting? This is in the first paragraph! Not $53.8B, or even 16% of that. "Focus on" doesn't even necessarily mean that 51%+ of that 16% is spent on education.

Maybe you should slow down and learn how to read before offering commentary on education in the US

thank you for you commentary

yes I did read the full article mistakes happen


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 2 months ago '16        #10
Aztlan  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Teacher training in DEI and effective instructional techniques is lacking in public schools. The charter schools that prioritize it blow public schools out the water when it comes to test scores. It was true when I was teaching in Brooklyn and its true here in Kansas City.

The other big issue is effectively supporting families that deal with extreme poverty. Yes, you can't make a parent get a better paying job, but there has to be a way to make sure kids can attend school consistently and get the sleep they need, even if they have been displaced from their home.

And more student support. More kids today than ever before need counseling and para support. Just an overwhelming number of ADHD and trauma babies. Just a couple of those kids in a classroom without the proper supports will hinder the learning of everyone there day in and day out.

As far as parents not caring about education enough or not reading to their kids, where are the organizations reaching out to these families to support them? People don't know what they don't know. Urban children are at a disadvantage when it comes to vocabulary and the raw number of words they've been exposed to. This will forever be a crutch in urban education unless schools and organizations proactively reach out to families to educate them and a*sist them in helping their children become successful students.
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 2 months ago '10        #11
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What a waste of money. No amount of education can raise a low IQ which is genetic. You have to want to learn, want to be smart. If you have no motivation or drive for knowledge, a desire to learn soemthing, anything, you probably have a low IQ.
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 2 months ago '17        #12
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Oklahoma City public schools needs it bad

 2 months ago '18        #13
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School isn’t the biggest problem when it comes to education. It’s home and community environments.

I cared about school because it was instilled as an important value at home first, then supported in the environment i was in. That continuous cycle created a snowball effect where I developed the mentality that not succeeding in school wasn’t even a remote option. It was a give in that doing well in school was just going to happen one way or another.

If you don’t come from that type of home and community environment, you’re at a huge disadvantage. So the only way to make that happen is to improve the culture as a whole (safer, better job opportunities, higher wages).

Then in a generation or two some real progress will be made.
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 2 months ago '16        #14
foshoVoodoo  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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if bill spent 53b he gonna make 53t back minimum. This is wutang chrono bill we talm bout spek on his name
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 2 months ago '15        #15
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 imthatinfamous said
To fix public education in this country, it no longer needs to be seen as an entitlement and the standards need to be greatly increased.

Too much of teachers work now-a-days is being a glorified baby sitter
Thats cause most of these bastards come from broken down single parent households with no home training and behavioral problems leaving teachers with baby sitting duties instead of teaching, why you think kids who come from stable families do better in school? Why you think schools are often segregated with gifted and non gifted students? Thats cause not al kids are equal, some will exceed in life and some ain't gone be sh*t

It starts at home, some kids come to learn, others use it to put on a fashion show and see who got the freshest outfit and do other dumb sh*t
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 2 months ago '14        #16
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 AllWins said
This is ridiculous . We need to tax these evil rich people at 90% or more.

Look at these greedy billionaires hoarding money and crushing the little guy.

Def not greedy for me to want their wealth in my pockets. I should get paid back on my bad investment in school and credit card debt.

If you’re not successful it’s because we don’t have enough socialism.


#BernoutsUnited



Bro that man (Gates) had people invent a toilets that create clean drinking water that don't plug in or pipe into anything.

He needs to be able to keep every dime he makes in my opinion. Clearly he knows how to spend his time and money better than anyone else.

 2 months ago '17        #17
AllWins 
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 FukHowYouFeel said
Bro that man (Gates) had people invent a toilets that create clean drinking water that don't plug in or pipe into anything.

He needs to be able to keep every dime he makes in my opinion. Clearly he knows how to spend his time and money better than anyone else.
If you white, you Ben afleck

If you rich, you evil like trump

Gimme yo money for my student loanz

 2 months ago '04        #18
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fix huh ?

Im pretty sure it's for misinformation and such
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 2 months ago '12        #19
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Its funny watching the racists use a thread with the wrong title on it as an outlet for their ignorance. Might be time to get some more bans passed out
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 2 months ago '06        #20
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 Sin said
they pay cops more than the communities they police in a lot of areas sometimes with little education just military service
cops base salary is crap, for the most part, cops make bank with OT, which unfortunately teachers cant do as they are exempt employees
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 2 months ago '06        #21
imthatinfamous 
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 Shmoedog said
Thats cause most of these bastards come from broken down single parent households with no home training and behavioral problems leaving teachers with baby sitting duties instead of teaching, why you think kids who come from stable families do better in school? Why you think schools are often segregated with gifted and non gifted students? Thats cause not al kids are equal, some will exceed in life and some ain't gone be sh*t

It starts at home, some kids come to learn, others use it to put on a fashion show and see who got the freshest outfit and do other dumb sh*t
while I do acknowledge that having a stable home does help, it is not the end all be all.

I've seen kids from "unstable" homes grow up to be huge successes and kids born with a damn silver spoon in their mouth grow up to be bums...the majority of the weight is on the individual. Which is another reason why there are huge issues in the public school system. Kids aren't held accountable for their actions anymore. Coddled through the first 18 years of their life and if they go to college another 4 years.

 2 months ago '04        #22
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 DUCEDUCE said
The thing wrong with education is teachers are passionate enough and parents are not involved enough.
Fixed, I don't think a teachers pay should have anything to do with the way they pass knowledge along or teach these kids.

me being a parent of two kids I do extra reading and work at home to make sure the kids are up to my standards. I had asked to hold my youngest back and they refused because they didn't want him to be bullied .

Now I'm in Canada and a few years ago they stopped holding kids back for these sort of reason which is pathetic, so I had to work hard with him to get his reading to where it "should" be so he didn't fall behind any further. Both my kids are great now and excel in different areas.

They have had amazing teachers and awful teachers, the great ones took their own money to buy stuff for the kids education that the school system should have bought or reimbursed them, but didn't. Stayed late to help the kids understand the issues at hand.

The bad teacher just complained about the students and class but they were actually the issue, I'm sure you have these people at your work place or school not sure of your age.


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 2 months ago '04        #23
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A. Education isn't a problem that purely throwing money will fix.

B. The curriculum (from an administrative level) should put more emphasis on teaching and less time on hitting quotas/standardized test.

C. IMO each core subject (Math, Science, History) subject should be re-evaluated to ensure that the most applicable and transferable knowledge is taught.
For example- Consolidate Geometry and Trig and add a Statistics and Logic.
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 2 months ago '07        #24
Damagegadget  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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yea "fix" it indeed...

 2 months ago '05        #25
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Because the people who run public education are by and large incompetent or corrupt. How many scandals do we have to see? How many season 4’s of the wire must we watch? The money is mismanaged or misappropriated 9/10 times.
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