Why Bill Gates Pumped $10M into Big History Project

Sep 8, 2014

HIS-STORY? They say that winners write history. And by capitalist standards, Bill Gates would be one of them. The New York Times takes a look at his fascination with the "Big History Project," an approach to teaching history that "links insights across subjects into wildly ambitious narratives." BillG has personally invested $10 million and worked with Australian professor, David Christian, to bring it to more than 1,200 schools this fall--for free. Skeptics abound: education historian Diane Ravitch asks: "Is this Bill Gates's history?...Because Bill Gates’s history would be very different from somebody else’s who wasn’t worth $50-60 billion." Commenters on Hacker News ask: Why is the focus on Bill Gates and not David Christian?

Why Bill Gates Pumped $10M into Big History Project

Sep 8, 2014

HIS-STORY? They say that winners write history. And by capitalist standards, Bill Gates would be one of them. The New York Times takes a look at his fascination with the "Big History Project," an approach to teaching history that "links insights across subjects into wildly ambitious narratives." BillG has personally invested $10 million and worked with Australian professor, David Christian, to bring it to more than 1,200 schools this fall--for free. Skeptics abound: education historian Diane Ravitch asks: "Is this Bill Gates's history?...Because Bill Gates’s history would be very different from somebody else’s who wasn’t worth $50-60 billion." Commenters on Hacker News ask: Why is the focus on Bill Gates and not David Christian?

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