Category Archives: Capitalism

This Teacher Can No Longer Tolerate Bill Gates’ Ignorance and Apathy

Dear Bill Gates, This is now the third letter I am publishing on teachersletterstobillgates.com, a website that, by now, you surely must be well aware exists. There have been over 150 heartfelt and emotional posts published in the nine or … Continue reading

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Public Education is NOT an Industry

Image courtesy of EdVotes.org Dear Bill, I thought of you while reading Forbes’ 30 Under 30 2014 special report, which celebrates the professional achievements of 20-somethings in a variety of industries, including education.  Do you see your young self in the … Continue reading

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#StackRanking and Other Immoral Horrors: The Invisible Hands and Invisible Morals of Bill and Melinda Gates

Dear Bill and Melinda, I would like to explore the cause and effect of your Microsoft system of stack ranking on the lives of children and teachers.  What happens when your actual policies don’t match your “advertised” ideology?  What brings … Continue reading

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Corporate America Might Need Common Core, But Our “Outputs” Don’t

“Kill poverty not human beings.  Stop putting the value of money over the value of lives.” – Mahatma Gandhi December 8, 2013 Dear Allan Golston, This is in response to your editorial America’s Businesses Need the Common Core, which was posted … Continue reading

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Reign of Error: Diane Ravitch vs. Bill Gates

image courtesy of http://www.good.is. Dear Bill and Melinda, Our hopes were dashed when you ignored our invitation to attend Diane Ravitch’s Reign of Error Book Tour in Seattle tonight.  Your silence and your continued lack of response to any one … 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

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“Standardized tests serve the purpose to the test giver and the test maker, not the student.” ~ Jeffrey

  Dear Bill and Melinda, Standardized tests serve the purpose to the test giver and the test maker, not the student. In many/most situations in life where a problem has to be solved there are several options from which to … Continue reading

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