Monthly Archives: August 2013

When will the civil rights community wake up to your propaganda?

Dear Bill, I’d like to believe that everyone who’s interested in education has a common goal: to ensure that each child in America, regardless of race, creed, or circumstance, has access to great public schools. However, it’s becoming increasingly clear … Continue reading

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Recent Audits of “Gates-led” Ed Reform Spending

Bill, On August 27, 2013, Mercedes Schneider posted on her blog – deutsch29 – a thorough, eye-opening audit of your Common Core spending.  The following day, Diane Ravitch linked to it, and her readers’ comments reflect the outrage that so many of … Continue reading

Posted in Bill Gates, Billionaires, Capitalism, Civil Rights, Common Core, Corporate Education Reform, Democracy, Diane Ravitch, Anthony Cody, Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, Edreform, High Stakes Testing, Mercedes Schneider, Privatization, Social Justice, Standardized Testing | 4 Comments

Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn: A Year at Mission Hill chapter 6

Chapter 6: Like a Family Dear Mr. Gates, Microsoft’s “stack ranking” management practice has been in the news lately, most recently on Valerie Strauss’ blog The Answer Sheet (Microsoft’s lesson on what not to do with teachers, Washington Post, 8/26/13). … Continue reading

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Bill and Melinda Gates, You “Lever Pullers” Have Written the Civil Rights Communities a Bad Check

Dear Bill and Melinda, This morning many Americans watched Representative John Lewis [D-Georgia] speak about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s memorable “I Have a Dream” speech on Face the Nation. Lewis is the last surviving speaker at the 1963 March … Continue reading

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Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn: A Year at Mission Hill

Chapter 5: The Eye of the Dragon As we saw in chapter three of A Year At Mission Hill, knowledge and skills are taught – in part – through school wide themes, which involve the community.  At the beginning of … Continue reading

Posted in Art instruction, Bill Gates, Common Core, Common Core High Stakes Testing, Democracy, Freedom to Learn: A Year At Mission Hill, Freedom to Teach, Our Schools Are NOT Broken, Real World Education, Schools are not broken, Social and Emotional Learning, Unique Talents | 3 Comments

“You have shackled me as a teacher.” – says Kentucky BAT.

Dear Mr. Gates, You have shackled me as a teacher.  My shackles consist of pre-, post, diagnostic, proficiency, state, and district assessments.  These shackles are held together by ‘review for The Test’, ‘prep for The Test’, ‘administer The Test’ and … Continue reading

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Is success for America’s children REALLY your goal, after all?

Dear Bill and Melinda, One of our readers, a colleague, and friend — Katie Osgood commented on our blog.  Katie is a special education teacher in Chicago.  She responds to Beniko Mason’s (a teacher in Japan) letter,  “A Reader From … Continue reading

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