April 5, 2018
At my request, Donna Garner re- sent me this article which I had lost. Here is a portion from the article:
“…However, Ze’ev Wurman, former education policy advisor in the President George W. Bush education department, tells Breitbart News, “Such ‘pivoting’ may be acceptable in the private market, where companies regularly ‘pivot’ while abandoning previous strategies and the money they invested in them.”
“It is different when a private actor such as Gates uses his money to leverage public money – some $600 billion of it for his own relatively small investment of few tens of millions every year – to steer the public money to implement mediocre curricula and ill thought-out programs born of his feverish imagination and ignorance. Yet that is precisely the track record – and the explicit acknowledgement – of Mr. Gates.”
From: Donna Garner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 5, 2018 7:16 AM
Subject: BILL GATES’ ADMISSION THAT HE SPENT $4 BILLION ON COMMON CORE OVER 7 YRS. THAT HARMED TENS OF MILLIONS OF STUDENTS — BY DR. SUSAN BERRY — BREITBART — 10.21.17
10.21.17 – Breitbart
“Common Core Backer Bill Gates Announces Plan
To Invest $1.7 Billion in Public Education” By Dr. Susan Berry
Excerpts from this article:
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has announced his latest plan to invest $1.7 billion to improve K-12 public education over the next five years.
After having spent some $3.4 billion on public education in the United States – much of it directed toward the development and implementation of the highly controversial Common Core State Standards – Gates says that 60 percent of his new investment will go to public schools and about 15 percent to the development of charter schools.
In a keynote address to officials at the Council of Great City Schools conference in Cleveland Thursday, Gates said much of the funding will be to assist networks of public schools and districts that have demonstrated innovation and use data collection to improve student performance…
…Gates said his foundation, however, has abandoned teacher accountability based on student performance on Common Core-aligned tests. Though part of the initial Common Core “package” that was pushed on states by the Obama administration, teacher unions fought back against the evaluation piece.
…However, Ze’ev Wurman, former education policy advisor in the President George W. Bush education department, tells Breitbart News, “Such ‘pivoting’ may be acceptable in the private market, where companies regularly ‘pivot’ while abandoning previous strategies and the money they invested in them.”
It is different when a private actor such as Gates uses his money to leverage public money – some $600 billion of it for his own relatively small investment of few tens of millions every year – to steer the public money to implement mediocre curricula and ill thought-out programs born of his feverish imagination and ignorance. Yet that is precisely the track record – and the explicit acknowledgement – of Mr. Gates.
So Bill Gates’ pivoting is not just a matter for Mr. Gates losing his own money. It is an admission that he actively helped to misdirect some 4 TRILLION educational dollars over the last seven years, and that he harmed tens of millions of students during that time by imposing the mediocre and intrusive Common Core upon the nation.
“[Bill Gates] swamps the system with his ‘free’ money, massively affecting the whole system though his ‘philanthropy,’” he explains. “Exposing millions of children at one shot, without their parents’ knowledge or agreement, to harebrained educational experimentation is not the experimentation we need. From Mr. Gates or from anyone else.”
Oklahoma parent activist Jenni White – who has led the anti-Common Core effort in that state for nearly a decade – says Gates’s money is always welcomed by government education officials because schools are “perennially unfunded.”
Gates’s effort at Turning Around Failing Schools was not only widely panned by education pundits, but also shown to be an utter failure by the federal education bureaucracy through which it was supported.
In addition, the Common Core State Standards initiative, for which Gates’s support is most infamous, has done little but create a new education solar system around which anybody and their dog can create curricula and ancillaries to sell on the open market – whether Common Core aligned or not.
In fact, researching the state reading and math scores of Kentucky, a very early supporter of the Standards, provides zero evidence that Kentucky students – the one group Gates was to have served with the project – have benefitted in any way from their use.
Many supporters of federalism and a return to local control of education also argue cronyism infiltrates public education when wealthy private donors pour much-desired dollars into public projects, demanding attention paid to their pet projects.
Jane Robbins, senior fellow at American Principles Project – an organization that has assisted parent activists across the nation battle against big business and industry groups that support Common Core – says Gates is interfering in a process that should be led by parents.
“If Bill Gates wants to use his billions to build a chain of private schools that will operate according to his theories, more power to him,” she tells Breitbart News. “He could even provide scholarships to kids whose parents want them to participate in his experiment. But he has no right to use his great wealth to dictate public policy. Parents, not Gates, should be controlling what happens in their local schools.”
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