Nancy Bailey has discerned a pattern in the education grant making of the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation: the deprofessionalizing of education. We are familiar, of course, with Teach for America, which peddles the wacky idea that any college graduate can be a successful teacher with only five weeks of training.

Gates has pushed that line of unreasoning into an attack on school counselors. The more training they have, the more ineffective they seem to be, goes Gates-thought. Why not try completely non-professional counselors.

Bailey sees this animus as a recurrent them in Gates’ philanthropy. Why pay a professional when a bright person with no professional training can do the job?

My response: Next time you need surgery, ask for a college graduate with a scalpel, not a surgeon.