I know many people out there believe Bill Gates and his Gates Foundation are not only the savior’s of the world and have everyone’s best interest at heart and I used to believe that also. That was until I began to research education and where it has been headed for the past 135 years. Bill Gates and his wife Melinda are Progressives and very deeply embedded in the Agenda 21 movement for a One World Order and they continue to use their large arsenal of funds to help push that agenda. One of those agenda’s is Education.
One might as well refer to the Department of Education as the Department of Bill Gates. He has spent an enormous amount of money on the initiatives benefiting Microsoft and predetermined vendors. This is how Gates is becoming the czar of education (it's really quite creative):
- He is taking over the public education realm by his foundation providing Common Core Standards (the "free"-thinking philanthropy) to states if they will agree to use its blueprint. Let us not forget it was Bill Gates who funded the writing of the new Common Core Standards (CCS) by someone who was not even an educator.
- If the states agree to do so (under financial pressures from the Federal Government), the Gates Foundation can control what and how students learn.
- He's done this by crafting the standards under which students will learn.
- The states have been ruled impotent in exercising their sovereign right to educate their citizens in the manner deemed appropriate by the state by this takeover of education.
- The Common Core Standard’s package to the states also requires the states to purchase computers, Gates software and other items to store and manage all the information about your children and their educational progress with the whole country and whom ever else manages to obtain the information. It is the Progressive way of tracking your children.
Now I would like to introduce the “American Legislative Executive Council”. Sounds impressive doesn’t it? When you look them up you find this group is made up of elected Representatives from different states, a Board of Scholars, a Private Enterprise Board (Coca-Cola; Johnson & Johnson; Kraft; Intuit and many more) with the current Public Chair being David Casas (GA) representative and the Private Chair being Mickey Revenaugh, Jr., co-founder of Connections Academy – a Virtual School Company who sells their online education to private, public and charter schools.
Just last week the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) called for the demise of the Common Core Standards: “A package of model legislation opposing the common standards gained ground yesterday at the American Legislative Exchange Council. The organization's education task force approved the package.”
Listed on ALEC's website is the description of its Education mission:
The mission of ALEC’s Education Task Force is to promote excellence in the nation’s educational system, to advance reforms through parental choice, to support efficiency, accountability, and transparency in all educational institutions, and to ensure America’s youth are given the opportunity to succeed.
If ALEC takes its mission seriously, then this model legislation is long overdue and should have been introduced when the talk of common core standards and a national curriculum was introduced by Bill Gates and the Department of Education.
Now is the time to look into this organization which is described not as a lobby or a front group. ALEC is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, behind closed doors, corporations hand state legislators the changes to the law they desire that directly benefit their bottom line. Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. Corporations sit on all nine ALEC task forces and vote with legislators to approve “model” bills. They have their own corporate governing board which meets jointly with the legislative board.
Now for the good news!
On the heels of the ALEC announcement, did Mr. Gates say to ALEC...."not so fast"? No he did not! Instead, Bill Gates is not only buying the Department of Education, it seems he is attempting to buy out ALEC as well. A grant was given to ALEC by Gates for educational reform in November 2011 for – are you ready? $376,635.00 From the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation website - Purpose: to educate and engage its membership on more efficient state budget approaches, to drive greater student outcomes, as well as educate them on beneficial ways to recruit, retain, evaluate and compensate effective teaching based upon merit and achievement. To be distributed over a period of 1 year, 10 months.
Now to be fair, this $376,635 grant is not for common core standards. This $376,635 grant is to assist in enacting the ADDITIONAL Race to the Top mandates. Gates is employing the same methods used in setting Federal Education Policy; he is giving money to an organization to establish his agenda.
Do you think this is a subtle or not so subtle message to the ALEC Board by the Gates Foundation to support the Gates vision of education...even though the common core standards are not constitutional? Will the ALEC Board fulfill its mission or will it be bought out like the Department of Education? The Department of Education turned over a government website to the Gates Foundation to monitor. From the Washington Post: “The decision to turn over “TEACH to Partners in Learning” serves to expand the already outsized influence Gates and his fortune have on public education”.
Gates is spearheading the implementation of common core standards, teacher hiring and teacher evaluations. State legislators can stop the implementation of standards and unfunded mandates. Will the ALEC Board support this model legislation or will it fold like Arne Duncan, take the money....and pretend it promotes Jeffersonian principles?
Gates along with his partnership with his friend Jeb Bush and the Jeb Bush Foundation for Excellence in Education are intent on a complete takeover of the educational delivery and content while utilizing taxpayer money. At the same time these two Foundations along with dollars acquired from the Wal-Mart Foundation, are on a fast push for an increase in the number of Charter school throughout the country. On the surface this sounds great until you start checking into the charter schools and how they are not being overseen by the local school boards, no oversight as to the curriculum's or textbooks being used, where outside funding is coming from and to top it off, which one of your legislators might have a monetary interest in the Charter school business – because a business is what it is.
Make no mistake parents, Education as a whole has become a very big business, with you as a taxpayer funding a large share of it while others are making a profit and it is NOT in the “best interest of your children” that is at the forefront.