Tag Archives: Common Core State Standards

“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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“What sober person gives standardized tests to a kindergartner? Ever meet a 5-year-old?” – Part 1

Dear Bill and Melinda, It is no surprise that 522 + people find the headlines to Nerissa Ediza’s tweet horrifying. Her question is so rational and yet, what is irrational is what is actually happening behind the closed doors of our kindergarten classrooms — testing … Continue reading

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Our Top 10 from 2013, but Bill Gates is Still Not Making Nice with Teachers

Dear Bill and Melinda, As 2013 comes to a close, we thought we would highlight the top 10 posts on Teachers’ Letters to Bill Gates that most resonated with teachers and parents this year. Due to your continued silence, we … 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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“Out, damned spot; out, I say.” — Melinda Gates, we call your power to account.

“What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account?” –Lady Macbeth Mrs. Gates: At the National Conference of State Legislatures on July 21st, 2009, your husband spoke about our country’s economic crisis and offered … 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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Won’t Someone Please Think of the Children?

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Gates, The next time you wanted to fund a huge EXPERIMENT in America, perhaps you should consult the PARENTS of the 50 million children! And don’t ever think you will get away with stealing a decade … Continue reading

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US Department of Pearson: Thinking the unthinkable: Why Bill Gates and Arne Duncan need to go

Dear Bill and Arne, We’ve written a story that is unthinkable.  Or is it?  We discovered you and Steve may be bowing out of Microsoft entirely, but will you and Arne bow out of the DOE too?  Who will replace … Continue reading

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Bill and Melinda, Time to Hit “Control + Alt + Delete” and The Fierce Urgency of Now

Dear Bill and Melinda, One of the most dangerous and hypocritical conversations I have heard is your recent interview at Harvard University, as noted by your critic at the Washington Post’s The Answer Sheet, Valerie Strauss. [watch video below] In this interview, … Continue reading

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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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