Gates Giving Millions to Train Teachers on ‘High Quality’ Curricula is an article in Education Week that describes a new Gates Foundation grants initiative…to train teachers to teach “high quality” curricula.

The “money” quote is the one that ends the article, and highlights the most important issue:

Megan Tomkins-Stange, an assistant professor of public policy at the University of Michigan’s Ford School, sounded a dual note of optimism and caution about Gates’ curriculum-improvement aims.

“The great power and pitfall is that they have this capacity to act as the idea-broker: to adjudicate types of curriculum, and what’s high quality and what’s not,” she said. “They should just be mindful of ensuring they’re engaging with people on the ground who are going to be affected by this. That was the thing that was most criticized in their last few big bets.”

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