Category Archives: Common Core

Five Hours of Gates-led Kindergarten Common Core MAP Tests! #TESTHearingsNow

Dear Bill and Melinda, You are making history, Bill and Melinda.  You have now reached a new level of notoriety.  You two can now be known in history books as the American billionaire couple — with your seat on Air … Continue reading

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NYC teacher: “THIS is what the Common Core is doing to our children; it’s heartbreaking and wrong”

Bill, You yourself said the authoritative voice is that of the teachers. Read what this Brooklyn, NY teacher – whom I hold in high regard – has to say about your Common Core package. – Katie Lapham “Today after school … Continue reading

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“What sober person gives standardized tests to a kindergartner? Ever meet a 5-year-old?” – Part 3

Dear Bill and Melinda, Our last post covered how corporate reform has increased the amount of testing of 5 year olds in my classroom.  In this final post in a series of three parts, I hope to convey what that … Continue reading

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“What sober person gives standardized tests to a kindergartner? Ever meet a 5-year-old?” – Part 2

Dear Bill and Melinda, I wrote “What sober person gives standardized tests to a kindergartner? Ever meet a 5-year-old?” – Part 1 to give parents of five year olds the beginning of some insight into what is happening because of … Continue reading

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From One Atheist to Another: How Does Bill Gates Keep his Ego in Check?

Dear Bill, I understand that, like me, you are an atheist. I hesitate to share this piece of information about myself with others due to fears of being rejected and judged and/or being proselytized to.  One of my Italian-American Catholic … Continue reading

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Bill Gates, Commish King, PTA and Special Interests: Follow the Money

Dear Bill and Melinda, Commish King has a big PR problem in New York where your Common Core tests didn’t go down so well. Clearly this video below shows that middle class white, black, and brown families in New York … 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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