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October 2017

"Bill Gates Tacitly Admits His Common Core Experiment Was A Failure"

Even a guy with "five brains and each one is smarter than yours" sometimes makes a mistake. AKA social science is usually difficult. Especially when mixed with politics.

“Based on everything we have learned in the past 17 years, we are evolving our education strategy,” Gates wrote on his blog as a preface to a speech he gave last week in Cleveland. He followed this by detailing how U.S. education has essentially made little improvement in the years since he and his foundation — working so closely with the Obama administration that federal officials regularly consulted foundation employees and waived ethics laws to hire several — began redirecting trillions of public dollars towards programs he now admits haven’t accomplished much.

"Most Effective Movie Speeches"

Interesting discussion.

It mentions the great Wilford Brimley in Absence of Malice. Boy we could use a man like him at the DOJ now.

Tell you what we're gonna do. We're gonna sit right here and talk about it. Now if you get tired of talking here, Mr. Marshal Elving Patrick there will hand you one of them subpoenas he's got stuck down in his pocket and we'll go downstairs and talk in front of the grand jury. Now we'll talk all day if you want to. But, come sundown, there's gonna be two things true that ain't true now. One is that the United States Department of Justice is gonna know what in the good Christ - excuse me, Angie - is goin' on around here. And the other's I'm gonna have somebody's ass in my briefcase."

(If you haven't seen Absence of Malice yet, I strongly recommend it. If you'd just like to see Wilford do his thing, start at 1:56:24 here.)