In Newsweek this week, Bill Gates once again joins other “school reformers” in their arrogant attitude that if you don’t agree with them, then you’re for the “status quo” and you’re “sticking up for decline.”

Actually, he was directing that accusation against Diane Ravitch, the well-respected education historian, researcher and author.

Come on, Bill and (many of his allies). I really do think you want to do what you think is best for kids, though I believe you have little useful experience, are ill-informed, and have an inaccurate analysis of the both the problems and solutions to the challenges facing public education. But, you know, it sounds like you do have some decent ideas, too.

Do you and your allies have to so often have this black/white view of the world?

Readers might also be interested in previous posts and articles I’ve written about this topic of arrogance:

The importance of being unprincipled

Just What Our Schools Need — A Second Appalling Manifesto

Let’s Do Less ‘Fire, Ready, Aim’

Private Foundations Have A Place (And Have To Be Kept In Their Place)