Take the Microsoft Challenge!

Does the phrase “Windows HS: Microsoft designs a school system” completely scramble anybody else’s brain? Or is it just me?

I challenge you, dear readers, to find anything about how this new school (which cost Philadelphia taxpayers $63 MILLION) will improve education for the mostly African-American, mostly low-income students who will be attending the school. I also challenge you not to be horrified/appalled/bewildered by the following:

The high school will use an “education competency wheel,” patterned after a set of desirable traits Microsoft encourages among its employees. Officials, teachers and students are to be trained in dozens of skills, including organizing and planning, negotiating, dealing with ambiguity and managing relationships.

And this one:

Mundie said companies have long been concerned that schools aren’t churning out graduates with the skills and know-how that businesses require in employees to compete globally — and mental acuity is especially critical to Microsoft.

“Our raw material is smart people,” he said.

Maybe I’m being picky, but I’m not so sure that “churning out” is the best way to produce graduates. It sounds too much like something out of a bad 1970s sci-fi/thriller.

Anyway, I failed both challenges. Let me know how you fare.

Ryan has been proudly maintaining and contributing to Language Lab Unleashed since 2005, and is the current President of SWALLT. Since the summer of 2013 he's been causing trouble with his all-star colleagues in the UMW DTLT; when not wrangling websites Ryan can be found doing strange things with heavy objects.

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