However, the most alarming aspect of this is not the substance of what Gates and Christian are proposing, it is the fact that someone with no background in history or in education can happen to chance upon an idea one morning while on his treadmill and before long the education of thousands of children is disrupted to align with his latest fad – all because of the enormous economic power he wields.
In the UK, state education is rapidly following the US model, becoming ever more commercialised and divorced from democratic accountability. Local authority schools are being offered bribes by brokers to become academies and the Department for Education has refused to rule out for-profit state schools. We have recently endured an education secretarywho drafted the history curriculum on a whim. Perhaps next time it will be an unelected billionaire.
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