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Mon Jan 23, 2012, 06:15 AM

 

"But to avoid being labeled a 'tool of the foundation,' the document said the group should .......

"But to avoid being labeled a “tool of the foundation,” the document said the group should “maintain a low public profile.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/22/education/22gates.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all


Overlooked overview of how Gate$ corrupts politics , education, journalism and public discourse itself.

With apologies to Christopher Hitchens, it could be subtitled "How Gates Money Poisons Everything."

What a world.

Edit to add: STAY WITH this one, folks. I wouldn't undertake to read this either but I'm a p.s. teacher and see the human cost of Gates'..... ummmmm...... "philanthropy" everyday of my life. His corruption of EVERYTHING ELSE as a byproduct of of his PS jihad should concern *everybody*. Not just teachers.

Read. Consider.

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Smarmie Doofus Jan 2012 OP
Tunkamerica Jan 2012 #1
Smarmie Doofus Jan 2012 #2
rfranklin Jan 2012 #3
surrealAmerican Jan 2012 #4
rfranklin Jan 2012 #5

Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Mon Jan 23, 2012, 06:22 AM

1. you might want a clearer title.

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Response to Tunkamerica (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 23, 2012, 06:35 AM

2. Thanks. It's getting hits so I think I'll leave it alone.

 

I want it to be a touch obscure. If I present it as "school reform", eyes will glaze w/o having gotten past the header.

It's actually too important an article ( and subject) to let that happen.

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Mon Jan 23, 2012, 09:01 AM

3. I think the real motivation is to sell computer programming to school systems...

 

To get the program started, I.F.L. trained educators at the school and installed Mr. Weinberger’s software on dedicated laptops donated by JPMorgan Chase. Volunteer tutors were required to watch a one-hour Web seminar and read a 20-page guide to basic reading skills, such as “chunking” groups of letters together to decipher a word, or using pictures to help get the gist of a story.


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/23/nyregion/sharing-a-computer-screen-if-not-a-classroom.html?src=un&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fjson8.nytimes.com%2Fpages%2Feducation%2Findex.jsonp

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Response to rfranklin (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 23, 2012, 09:28 AM

4. This really wouldn't benefit Microsoft.

The software this article refers to was not written or sold by Microsoft, and runs on a competitor's operating system (they mention iPods).

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Response to surrealAmerican (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 23, 2012, 09:52 AM

5. You are thinking in too limited a fashion...

 

I think that Bill Gates believes that there is a huge market (public education dollars) and the opportunity to place every child in front of a computer screen will eliminate the need for trained teachers, perhaps even public schools.

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