'Personalized Learning' and the Power of the Gates Foundation to Shape Education Policy

Audrey  Wayters, Hack Education, Jul 19, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

What struck me in this post was this: "The amount of money that the Gates Foundation has awarded in education grants is simply staggering: some $15 billion across some 3000+ grants since the organization was founded in 1998." And so Audrey Watters comments, "the Gates Foundation remains one of the most influential (and anti-democratic) forces in education. As such, it gets to define what 'personalized learning' is – what it looks like." Maybe. Or maybe not. Some of us not funded by Gates still have a horse in this race. 

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