Friday, October 23, 2015

15 Years of Bill Gates’s Meddling – The Network For Public Education

Feature Report: 15 Years of Bill Gates’s Meddling – The Network For Public Education:
Feature Report: 15 Years of Bill Gates’s Meddling

by Carol Burris and Anthony Cody
The Gates Foundation recently marked its fifteen-year anniversary of involvement in education reform. For those of us who view those fifteen years as a decade and a half during which one of the richest men in the world Inserted himself and his fortune into education policy, thus undermining the democratic control of our public schools, there is nothing to celebrate.
The Network for Public Education is marking the 15 years of Gates’s involvement with a two-part, special report on the man and his Foundation.
Part 1, which follows, presents Anthony Cody’s and my reflections on Bill Gates’s recent speech and the Bill and Melinda Gates interview with Gwen Ifill. We provide Anthony’s transcription of the speech and a link to the interview as well.
Our next edition of the NPE newsletter will have a fifteen-year timeline of Bill Gates’s involvement, including short commentaries by NPE members and friends.
Recently, Campbell Brown endorsed the British prime minister’s call to replace British public schools with charter schools called ”academies”. As you listen to Bill and Melinda Gates, you will hear them gush over charters as well.
Make no mistake—their agenda is not the improvement of public schools, but rather their elimination. Do your part to fight back. Share this newsletter and feature report far and wide. Make sure the public understands that the existence of democratically-controlled public schools are at risk.
Carol

Part One: 15 Years of Bill Gates’s Meddling

Anthony Cody’s take on Bill Gates’s speech

On October 7th, Bill Gates gave a speech providing a comprehensive review of his Foundation’s K12 education strategy. This arena is their number one domestic priority, and a place where they have invested billions of dollars over the past 15 years. As we approach the end of the Obama administration, which has served as their close ally, we might expect some serious reflection on lessons learned.
The Common Core is struggling along on continual life support from Gates and the US Feature Report: 15 Years of Bill Gates’s Meddling – The Network For Public Education:

Moskowitz’s Letter to Merrow: What She Reveals and Omits | deutsch29

Moskowitz’s Letter to Merrow: What She Reveals and Omits | deutsch29:

Moskowitz’s Letter to Merrow: What She Reveals and Omits






On October 12, 2015, PBS NewsHour aired a segment entitled, “Is Kindergarten Too Young to Suspend a Student?” The piece features Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academies of New York. Here is the opener:
At the largest charter school network in New York City, strict academic and behavior standards set the stage for learning. That doesn’t exclude children as young as 5 or 6 years old, who can be given out-of-school suspensions if they don’t follow the rules. Special correspondent for education John Merrow explores what that policy means for both the child and the school.
What follows from the link above is a transcript of the nine-minute news segment, accompanied by an audio file. I suggest listening to the audio file, for two reasons: 1) The transcript has some errors, and 2) the audio file captures Eva Moskowitz’s pauses and voice inflection, which helps add depth to her spoken words.
The PBS segment also includes a note added on October 20, 2015:
Editor’s note: Since this story aired, Eva Moskowitz, CEO of Success Academy, has raised concerns that during her interview she was only asked questions about suspension policy in general and was not given an opportunity to respond to Jamir Geidi and his mother. NewsHour regrets that decision. You can read Ms. Moskowitz’ letter here and NewsHour’s responsehere.
Moskowitz felt misrepresented in Merrow’s news story, and PBS NewsHour admitted Moskowitz’s Letter to Merrow: What She Reveals and Omits | deutsch29:

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