Sunday, June 8, 2014

Bill Gates as Education Central Planner

WaPo reports:
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation didn’t just bankroll the development of what became known as the Common Core State Standards. With more than $200 million, the foundation also built political support across the country, persuading state governments to make systemic and costly changes.

Bill Gates was de facto organizer, providing the money and structure for states to work together on common standards in a way that avoided the usual collision between states’ rights and national interests that had undercut every previous effort, dating from the Eisenhower administration.

The Gates Foundation spread money across the political spectrum, to entities including the big teachers unions, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, and business organizations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — groups that have clashed in the past but became vocal backers of the standards.

Money flowed to policy groups on the right and left, funding research by scholars of varying political persuasions who promoted the idea of common standards. Liberals at the Center for American Progress and conservatives affiliated with the American Legislative Exchange Council who routinely disagree on nearly every issue accepted Gates money and found common ground on the Common Core.

One 2009 study, conducted by the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute with a $959,116 Gates grant, described the proposed standards as being “very, very strong” and “clearly superior” to many existing state standards.

Gates money went to state and local groups, as well, to help influence policymakers and civic leaders. And the idea found a major booster in President Obama, whose new administration was populated by former Gates Foundation staffers and associates. The administration designed a special contest using economic stimulus funds to reward states that accepted the standards.
Taking Hayek Seriously notes:
 The people who designed, evaluated, conceived the Common Core standards/curriculum all acknowledge the program is designed for slow students
The elite who have jammed the Common Core curriculum/standards down the throat of the country do not send their own children to CC schools.
Bill Gates admits the Common Core standards were designed for slow students, note well that Bill Gates doesn't send his kids to a CC school.


  1. He is also involved with the Khan academy which is extremely unfortunate.

  2. The tragedy of the Super-Successful Entrepreneur. Gates is systematically destroying all of the wealth enhancing effects of his software career by ignoring the singular importance of market price signals. Without these price signals (as in public education) there is no way to know what the consuming public is willing to spend their money on and therefore no way to know what will work. The special interest groups Gates is funding know only how to enhance their own existence. And that does not include an education system that works for consumers. Throwing money into this politicized nest of thieves can only destroy human wealth and well being while dissipating his own fortune. Very sad.

    1. Philanthropy has been big business for Gates. Who knew it paid so well?

  3. This from a drop out.

    Perhaps he should mind his own business which seems to spiraling around the porcelain

  4. Took 14 trys to get past the "Prove you're not a robot" thingy. Turns out I'm a damn robot! Who knew?

    Perhaps a little less security might be in order. Just a thought...