Great article! Thank you for reporting so many of the major ways in which Bill
Gates' foundation is driving corporate education reform, which includes the
Common Core. Thank you for illustrating so succinctly how money drives all of
it, buying the support of groups that never had anything in common before,
blinding those groups to how their own interests are being undermined by the
agenda of Gates & friends. Gates' comparison of
America's locally-controlled, opportunity-based education system to
deforming, potentially-lethal diseases confirms what many opponents of his
corporate reforms have observed in the past few years. And the quote from the
Washington Post is illuminating, describing how Gates has successfully found a
way to circumvent our Constitutional Federal system by providing a non-federal
central planner to organize what bureaucrats in the Federal government have been
trying to organize for half a century.
“Education is improving in Charter schools, Private schools and Home
Schools. The only place it is getting worse is Public Schools. We need more
choices...”Respectfully—education is thriving at many
traditional public, charter public, private, and home schools. Effective
research will show examples of each of the four educational choices with some
“improving” and some “getting worse” according to
current data. To claim that ALL charter, private, and home schools are improving
and that ALL traditional public schools are getting worse is misleading at
best.Furthermore, educational choices currently abound for students
and parents. Anyone who seeks a different educational experience for their
student has a vast array of options. They can transfer to a different
traditional public school, they can organize and open a charter public school,
they can found their own private school, or they can home school.
@michaelitosI think we agree on a lot of things. College-bound
students need to be more prepared but the barrier for most seems to be cost.
However, I think it is those who are not heading to college without marketable
skills who need our attention.
Bill Gates is a man whose values couldn't be much farther from Utah values.
His money has funded more abortions than almost anyone in the world. He believes
in population control and shrinking the population 10-15%. A wise man would
consider his leader before he follows.Yet, our Governor welcomes this
eugenicist and his loathsome views into the state with open arms by signing Utah
up for his "education reforms" without any real public consideration.
In two years it has done a great deal to destroy the math
competency of our state. Kids who loved math, hate it. Parents and teachers are
frustrated. And, during the interim session the State Board of Education warned
that without significant investment (lots more money) for professional
development (teacher training) Common Core math would fail. Wake up Brenda
Hales! It has failed already. It is separating our students from our
traditions, our literature, our values and our history by replacing literature
with politically correct informational text. We trade Robert Frost for Robert
Reich and the teachings of social justice. We trade Henry Davis Thoreau for Al
Gore. Governor Herbert, Utah students deserve better. Get Utah OUT of
Education is improving in Charter schools, Private schools and Home Schools. The
only place it is getting worse is Public Schools. Who is stopping true
educational reform in public schools? Teachers unions of course. We need to
empower teachers and parents with school choices. We have great teachers in our
states and many of them have great ideas they are not allowed to implement. We
need more choices and less government intrusion and we would be amazed at the
imptovement that would follow.
@gittalopctbiThank you for your insight, Best post of the day.
Bottom line, teachers are confused and overwhelmed by the constant
"innovations" in education. They are also overwhelmed about stupid
policies that don't hold parents or students accountable for attendance and
behavior. Teachers are also overwhelmed by the number of students they generally
have to teach and the non-stop paperwork required of them by their districts and
state legislatures. Teachers are further discouraged by the general lack of
pay, respect and shrinking of benefits but yet the workload increases. Finally,
teachers are discouraged that they are the one force on the battle lines of
education that basically gets ignored when it comes time to talk reforms.
Yes, education reform is difficult, Mr. Gates. And it becomes even *more*
problematic when people like you who have lots of money to throw around think
that they have the answers. But you don't.Just goes to show you
that sometimes, self-made mil/billionaires let their success go to their heads
and now they are the world's panacea to all problems whether they know
anything about it or not. Like the teacher posted above, it is frustrating and
infuriating when people who have never spent time in a classroom teaching think
they have the answers.
Any one who does their honest research on common core knows it is more a than
about standards.The devil is in the details.The worse
thing is it is a gate way for the federal government to get more control over
your schools and your children, and over education.Education should
and must be locally controlled.Students are not all the same and
should not be treated the same. but common core does this, to the lowest
common denominator, turning schools into factories and all students into just a
some widget who are all the same. it is set for failure.Common core
materials from tests to reading materials are filled and loaded to the brim
with leftist propaganda.These are just a few of the problems. The
extreme left dictating "standards" will never be a good thing.
@Pac_ManI actually agree with you whole-heartedly. But we have to start
somewhere, and a set of standards that emphasize college and career readiness is
better than nothing. Thanks for the comment.
@patriotActually, I know much more about the Common Core than you appear
to. For example, you criticize the "math curriculum". However,
curriculum is not included anywhere in the Common Core. The core represents a
set of education standards that define what students should know and be able to
do to as they move on to post-secondary training, college, or a career.How you meet those standards (curriculum) is still very much the
responsibility of individual teachers, districts, and even parents. If you had
truly "read it" (meaning the Core Standards), then you would know this
already!From the USOE's website: "Common Core State
Standards define what students need to know; they do not dictate how teachers
should teach or how students should learn... Common Core does not dictate what
lesson plans, programs, or textbooks teachers will use for curriculum. Local
teachers, principals, superintendents and school boards will continue to make
important decisions about curriculum and how their school systems are
Can anybody tell me without bias tell me what is wrong with common core? I hear
people say it is horrible but specifically why is it bad and please refrain from
saying it is socialist because that does nothing to educate somebody on why it
is good or bad.
"the most frightening words in the world are I'm from the government
and I'm here to help"Ronald Reagan
Here are a few random ideas on how to reform education:1) Eliminate
the ESL program. Like common core, it is socialist-driven and is an excuse for
students to under-perform,2) Start handing out "F"s again in
grades 1-8. The notion of an "N" (needs improvement) is ridiculous,3) Hold kids back who don't pass their classes. Repeating a grade never
killed anyone,4) Adopt the policy of the State paying only for 13 years of
education (K-12 grades). If you get held back in 4th grade (for example), the
second year of 4th grade is on you and your parents. And, if you graduate from
high school early, you get that many years of money from the State to use toward
college. (Look, there's a consequence to both flunking school and excelling
in school)...Only by holding students and parents accountable for
their decisions (yes parents-far too many parents are letting their kids get
away with all of the nonsense that goes on in schools today) will education
begin to improve. BTW, my wife is a teacher and I see firsthand through her and
my own children what a mess the education system is.
re:michaelitos"Drink'en the coolaide" it sounds like
brother. As solid as they come huh? HA! What do you know about Common Core?
Anything? This Federal "Obamacare-like" program is ANYTHING but solid
and in fact it's math cirriculum is HORRIBLE. Yes I have seen it and read
though it. The math cirriculum alone is enough to put this sorry beast out of
its misery but throw into that toxic mix the inclusion of Socialist ideology
into the English and Social Studies and you have a program so bad only the US
federal govt could be responsible for. The REASON America is failing is BECAUSE
of the Federal bureaucracy and you are begging for more? Name one Federal
program that isn't a disaster of inefficiency and waste. Any? By the way -
the US military is NOT the US government.
@michaelitosStandards are great, and raising them is even better,
but improving standards without solving underlying issues is pointless.
I was told by a Utah university president that the organizations that change the
slowest are religion and higher education.
Despite Mr. Gates faults, Common Core is as solid as they come. The standards
are excellent! Just what we need to be able to compete on the global stage.
Oh no patriot you just invoked the name of Glenn Beck, who has no college
education. Oh that's right neither does Bill Gates. Liberal criteria for
opinion or understanding a college degree.
As a teacher, I'm getting sick and tired of these people who have never
taught a classroom full of kids a day in their lives telling me how to do it.
They lack any real credibility. There are certainly problems in education, but
I've been teaching long enough to realize that much of those problems stem
from a decayed culture, decayed family values, and lack of any accountability on
the student in our education system. At least in most other countries, test
performance has a direct impact on a student's educational future. In
America, they are just data collection tools for everyone other than students
and their teachers. It is just insane. Why would anyone take these tests
seriously when they don't really mean anything to the test taker?
Bill Gates is a Socialist and wants a Socialist solution to education which is
that the Federal Government creates a one size fits all platform for all kids.
As we have seen ANYTHING the federal government puts its hand to turns into sour
milk (Obamacare) so Gates "common core" needs to be killed once and for
all. Gates is known for his underhanded tactics in the business world as the CEO
of Microsoft and the outright stealing of teachnology from Apple as well as the
hundreds of other underhanded shady business dealings against Novell and other
tech companies. I worked at Novell during those years and Gates and his illegal
tactics are well documented. Bottom line - DO NOT TRUST BILL GATES for
ANYTHING!! As for common core - Glenn Beck is on a crusade nation wide this
summer to expose common core with a documentary he and The Blaze created showing
in theaters across the nation. States across the nation are rejecting common
core once they dig into this ugly thing and discover the fine print. Socialized
medicene and Socialized education...the progressive way.
Expertise in one field doesn't always carry over to another. Com mom core
is a joke and will have people screaming. Quit shoving vegetarianism down our