Martin Levine keeps an eye on education philanthropy on behalf of the online journal Nonprofit Quarterly.

In this post, he recapitulates the speculation about the latest Gates’ initiative.

At least one observer thinks that Gates has learned his lesson and is now avoiding a “top down” approach.

Megan Tompkins-Stange, a public policy professor at the University of Michigan, told Education Week “she was somewhat surprised that Gates said the foundation should serve more as a “catalyst of good ideas than an inventor of ideas.”

This would be a remarkable change for the man with $80 billion.

Is he capable of listening?