Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:50 PM
Smarmie Doofus (14,498 posts)
Ohanian: AFT took 1 million from Gates to promote CC.
>>The Common Core State (sic) Standards are the result of hundreds of millions of dollars disbursed in carefully distributed grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation accompanied by the threat from U. S. Secretary Arne Duncan to withhold federal funds if individual states did not sign on the dotted line. I looked at two months worth of press citations praising the CCSS ľAugust and September, 2012ľand then looked up the Gates money given to those who come to praise CCSS. The list ranges from the American Federation of Teachers ($1,000,000) to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction ($823,637), from the neo-liberal Center for American Progress ($2,998,809) to the neo-conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute ($5,711,462). The PTA got money ($2,005,000); so did the National Writing Project ($2,645,593). And so on and so on. He who pays the piper calls the tune, and with money in their pockets, many are eager to sing the Common Core song and eat the funeral meats.
Although these groups all play a cheerleading role, here are the significant players in deforming school curriculum and testing and their Gates haul.>>>
One million. That's a lot of shekels. Drop in the bucket to Gates et al but nothing to sneeze at from the pov of a relative pauper like Weingarten.
So... where does that money.... you know.... *go*, exactly? And is there more where that came from? If so... where does THAT $$ go, exactly.
Does the prospect of these.... ehrmmmm... *grants* ( I'm guessing that's what their called.) affect Ms. Weingarten's judgement re. her advocacy and objectivity re. issues that Gates obsesses about : specifically CC and one-size-fits-all pedagogy and teacher evals?
Is there any way they could NOT? Can someone step forward to defend the integrity of our president?
Come on, Randi. The peasants have a right to know. I *THINK*. Don't we?
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