Five Platitudes from Bill Gates to Mark His 60th Birthday

Diane Ravitch's blog

The Huffington Post published a post with five of Bill Gates’ most memorable sayings.

He says that he learns the most from dissatisfied customers.

That’s a gem.

But here are a few of my favorite sayings of Chairman Bill:

There was the time he spoke to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and told the NBCT teachers there that the reason for the Common Core was that it was like a standardized electrical current that would allow everyone to plug their appliances in, no matter where they lived. It made me wonder if children were like toasters.

Then there was the time he said that it would take a decade or so to figure out whether “this stuff” (evaluating teachers by test scores, for example) works.

Then there was the time he told the National Governors Association that teachers should not be paid more for their education and experience…

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