Tag Archives: Diane Ravitch

Despite a Handshake and a Promise, Still NO Gates Foundation REPLY to #EducatingGatesRally Demands

Photo Courtesy of Alex Garland Photography, used with permission. Dear Bill and Melinda, In the summer of 2011 the seeds of this protest were planted when I read Bruce Levine’s book “Get Up, Stand Up:  Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and … Continue reading

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We, the undersigned, demand the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation divest from corporate education reform.

We, the undersigned, demand the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation divest from corporate education reform. Dear Bill and Melinda, Prestigious academics from around the world collaborated to write a letter to Dr. Andreas Schleicher, director of the Organization for Economic … Continue reading

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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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Where in all of this testing is a benefit for students?

Dear Bill and Melinda, Below, one of our readers responds to our blog post “My name is Andrea Rediske, and I am Ethan Rediske’s mother. Please Pass #EthansAct! #EyesOnDOE“ “The tests given to our children claim to be criterion referenced meaning … 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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Teachers, Parents, and Children: Be Very Afraid of the Grand High Corporate Reformer, Melinda Gates

Grand High Witch: Witches of England  Teachers of the US… You are a disgrace! Miserable witches teachers… You are good-for-nothing worms! Everywhere I look, I see the repulsive sight of hundreds, thousands of revolting little children… I ask you! [points] Grand High … Continue reading

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