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Two Viewpoints

Two Viewpoints Jennifer Job The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill jgjob@email.unc.edu At The High School Journal, we have begun an effort to use our editorial space for addressing current events. In our last issue, we discussed Arne Duncan's take on Schools of Ed. But when Newsweek published an editorial by Bill Gates ("A Quiet Revolution", 1/25/2010) addressing the roles of foundations and technology in education, we decided to do something slightly different. Many important issues are raised in Gates' piece (taken from a longer letter to the Gates Foundation)--incentive pay, the use of technology in the classroom, the place that foundations have in our schools, how outside funding should be used--just to name a few. In a larger sense, Gates' essay is a timely address on the purpose of schooling. Considering President Obama's State of the Union speech calling for competition with China and India, and the new Race to the Top initiative, policy seems to be turning towards production of a labor force, rather than the social justice agenda promoted by many Schools of Education. Thus begins an interesting and urgent paradox: What happens when the goals of those training teachers are fundamentally different from those who http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The High School Journal University of North Carolina Press

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Jennifer Job The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill jgjob@email.unc.edu At The High School Journal, we have begun an effort to use our editorial space for addressing current events. In our last issue, we discussed Arne Duncan's take on Schools of Ed. But when Newsweek published an editorial by Bill Gates ("A Quiet Revolution", 1/25/2010) addressing the roles of foundations and technology in education, we decided to do something slightly different. Many important issues are raised in Gates' piece (taken from a longer letter to the Gates Foundation)--incentive pay, the use of technology in the classroom, the place that foundations have in our schools, how outside funding should be used--just to name a few. In a larger sense, Gates' essay is a timely address on the purpose of schooling. Considering President Obama's State of the Union speech calling for competition with China and India, and the new Race to the Top initiative, policy seems to be turning towards production of a labor force, rather than the social justice agenda promoted by many Schools of Education. Thus begins an interesting and urgent paradox: What happens when the goals of those training teachers are fundamentally different from those who

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The High School JournalUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jul 8, 2010

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