Jack Hassard: Why Bill Gates Defends the Common Core

This story about the leadership (should we call it that?) behind the Common Core Standards is very interesting in its implications for understanding how power, money and corporate influence (however well-intentioned) create cultural movements, often almost invisibly! The Common Core standards make a test into manacles for teacher and student, and take away leadership from teachers. But they grew out of a concern for the need for skills and knowledge and more consistency across the US educational system. It’s a complicated puzzle now, because we see what doesn’t work, why it doesn’t work, and how it’s hurting our kids and our schools. Teachers lead in a small realm. Bill Gates is committed to an idea — and has no idea how to teach, but he leads from great influence, now expanding into post-secondary education. I am impressed at how this blog covers some of the ways teachers are stepping out of their classrooms into the courts, the streets, and their unions, to claim a larger voice in the debate.

Diane Ravitch's blog

We have long known on this site that Bill Gates’  foundation underwrote every aspect of the Common Core standards. Mercedes Schneider has documented nearly $200 million in grants specifically for the writing, evaluation, review, implementation, and advocacy for the Common Core standards.

Jack Hassard, a retired professor of science education, has scoured the Gates search engine and concluded that the investment of the Gates Foundation in the Common Core is actually $2.3 billion.

Hassard notes:

Why is Bill Gates so concerned about those that have taken on Achieve’s Common Core State Standards?

The answer is that the Gates Foundation has invested about $2.3 billion into the Common Standards and related efforts.  Please read ahead.

In public speeches, Gates has called out those who try to interfere with the implementation of the Common Standards.   When Gates first used his billions to reach out to eduction, there was some glimmer of…

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