Bill Gates Overlooks the Vital Role of Families in Shaping Children’s Academic Outcomes
When Bill Gates speaks about priorities, people listen. When he omits speaking about what should be priorities, people listen even more. During my one year as the Deputy Director of Postsecondary Success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, my colleagues and I often talked about the “Gates effect”—the extraordinary influence that the foundation’s goals and grants wield with policymakers, philanthropists, researchers, K–12 practitioners, and virtually every institution that is trying to improve outcomes for kids.