We're pretty much experimenting with our kids education every day. Common Core has been a miserable disaster and it was a large-scale, government run, "scientifically backed" curriculum deployment. Unfortunately the funding isn't there, teachers don't understand the rules and guidelines, kids are most certainly not picking up on the material in any sort of ground-breaking way, and parents are upset and frustrated. You can't form a single education plan and universally apply it to 50 million children.
Will it work? Who knows. Is he going to risk destroying the lives of a couple hundred children by doing this? That's highly doubtful. Giving a bunch of low-income undeserved youths and their families access to tuition free top-notch education technology, personalized learning curriculum, health care, etc is going to be a LOT better than what they would get from their local public education system... especially when you consider how education funding is normally split along the economic spectrum of low income areas vs high income areas in this country.
In any case, citing a 40 year old pre-computer age government report and a single professor from a religious research college in the blurb is really not the most reliably source for counter arguments anyways.