“Refuse to be standardized and scripted”: A Book Review


The Educator and the Oligarch: A Teacher Challenges the Gates Foundation by Anthony Cody (New York: Garn Press, 2014).

Though this book may have been sparked by an exchange between an experienced science teacher (Anthony Cody) and the Gates Foundation on Cody’s blog for Education Week, “Living in Dialogue,” and on the Foundation’s blog, “Impatient Optimists,” it is much more than an exploration of differences between the representatives of oligarch Bill Gates and an education advocate. It’s an impassioned plea for the removal of education from the influence of business models, influence that began, perhaps, thirty-one years ago, with publication of A Nation at Risk. Perhaps even further back.

Whenever it began, this influence has blurred distinctions between what should be widely separated arenas of society. The book is an argument against this influence of “reformers” who, coming out of free-market and corporate mindsets, ignore the real and…

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