"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.
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.
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.
To get the program started, I.F.L. trained educators at the school and installed Mr. Weinbergers 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.
The software this article refers to was not written or sold by Microsoft, and runs on a competitor's operating system (they mention iPods).
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.