Who knew American education was for sale? The following two excerpts appeared in the Washington Post and basically bashed Bill Gates for buying the US Education System. The first article is an expose on how the Common Core was funded by the richest man in America and the second is by Diane Ravitch asking for congress to investigate his actions.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation didn’t just bankroll the development of what became known as the Common Core State Standards. With more than $200 million, the foundation also built political support across the country, persuading state governments to make systemic and costly changes.
Bill Gates was de facto organizer, providing the money and structure for states to work together on common standards in a way that avoided the usual collision between states’ rights and national interests that had undercut every previous effort, dating from the Eisenhower administration.
The Gates Foundation spread money across the political spectrum, to entities including the big teachers unions, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, and business organizations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — groups that have clashed in the past but became vocal backers of the standards. READ the FULL ARTICLE
And several days later Diane Ravitch writes about how Bill Gates and his affiliation with the Common Core needs to be investigated.
His role and the role of the U.S. Department of Education in drafting and coercing almost every state to adopt the Common Core standards should be investigated by Congress.
The idea that the richest man in America can purchase and — working closely with the U.S. Department of Education — impose new and untested academic standards on the nation’s public schools is a national scandal. A congressional investigation is warranted. The close involvement of Education Secretary Arne Duncan raises questions about whether the federal government overstepped its legal role in public education. READ the FULL ARTICLE
Just reporting on what has been written…. I strongly encourage everyone to read the first article in full!
UPDATE: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation issued a letter on Tuesday saying it now supports delaying the use of student standardized test scores in high-stakes consequences on teacher evaluation for two years! This comes on the heels of the above articles.