Friday, July 26, 2013

Common Core is the Gates Foundation's Baby

It's not because the states wanted it. It's not that teachers want it. It's not that parents want it. It's that Bill and Melinda Gates, both of whom have way too much money and too much time on their hands, want to dictate education policy which is something they have NO knowledge of whatsoever.

Common Core is ultimately about creating an educational and thus economical caste system in the United States. Bill Gates has yapped in the past he'd like to see education done like is done in some European countries, where kids are cut off higher education and forced to go into apprenticeships at a young age if they haven't decided on college. Well, the United States, unlike most of the rest of the world, has traditionally been about equality of opportunity, and that includes the right to access higher education. That includes going to college in midlife just as much as at age 18.

Neolibs and bastards like Gates don't think like this. They want to cut off ALL education access, and what almost all students would be stuck with aren't with apprenticeships anyway, but with shitty-paid jobs to "compete" with third world countries.

With Gates it is much more than that. Force Common Core down people's throats by buying off politicians and dipshits like Arne Duncan, and that way once all kids in all parts of the country are forced to have the same curriculum, why bother with teachers at all? Just collude with Pearson and force all kids except for the rich to sit in front of computers all day long, "supervised" by poorly-paid teacher aides, and get rid of teachers altogether.

That's where this Common Core shit is headed if it isn't stopped dead in its tracks.

However, it is very important for the Gates Foundation and the other usual suspects to lie to the public:

The truth is that the National Governor's Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers were simply front groups for the cravings of the Gates Foundation. Using the power and influence that comes with controlling huge amounts of money, Bill and Melinda Gates, educational dilettantes at best, bought their way into the hierarchy of American public education. In doing so, they became public education's most influential voices.

By giving the NGA $30,679,116 and the CCSSO $71,302,833, they set in motion their callow vision of what American public schoolteachers should be teaching and what American public school students should be learning. They also managed to get the support of United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who threatened to withhold federal funds from individual states if they did not adopt the Common Core. The Gates team also bought themselves the support of a cadre of second-stringers, such as the American Federation of Teachers for $11,343,925; the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for $823,637; the Center for American Progress for $2,998,809; the Thomas B. Fordham Institute for $5,711,462; the PTA for $2,005,000; the Teaching Channel for $11,076,761; and the National Writing Project for $2,643,593, to mention only a few. A colleague of mine, Susan Ohanian, wrote about these giveaways, saying, "He who pays the piper calls the tune, and with money in their pockets, many are eager to sing the Common Core song and eat the funeral meats."

The Gateses are totally corrupt.

If this isn't a case for increasing the tax burden on the superrich, I don't know what is.

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