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Progressive education continues to metastasize in weird and dangerous ways. Even Bill Gates is not safe.
The problem from the beginning (I.e. John Dewey) is that our Education Establishment was generally anti-academic, anti-American, and anti-achievement. To reach their goals, our professors of education would pretend to believe even the nuttiest theories and methods. Most recently, that meant embracing Common Core, which was just a grab bag of every bad idea from the previous hundred years.
The deep and almost unmentionable problem is that the Education Establishment was contemptuous of individuality and of individual students. Kids can't read or do arithmetic?? So what? If you want to make an omelette, you have to smash some eggs. Nobody said social engineering would be simple or painless.
What we have is a K-12 system that is a lot like a wood chipper. Don't stand too close to it.
Bill Gates thought he could have a mind meld with the dark forces hovering over Harvard's Graduate School of Education. He lost $1,000,000,000+ on that complete lapse of critical thinking. The country lost much more, as standards suffer and decline.
It's a fascinating story. Here is a quick account: What Happened to Bill Gates and Common Core?