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Smarmie Doofus

(14,498 posts)
Mon Jan 23, 2012, 05:15 AM Jan 2012

"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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"But to avoid being labeled a 'tool of the foundation,' the document said the group should ....... (Original Post) Smarmie Doofus Jan 2012 OP
you might want a clearer title. Tunkamerica Jan 2012 #1
Thanks. It's getting hits so I think I'll leave it alone. Smarmie Doofus Jan 2012 #2
I think the real motivation is to sell computer programming to school systems... rfranklin Jan 2012 #3
This really wouldn't benefit Microsoft. surrealAmerican Jan 2012 #4
You are thinking in too limited a fashion... rfranklin Jan 2012 #5
 

Smarmie Doofus

(14,498 posts)
2. Thanks. It's getting hits so I think I'll leave it alone.
Mon Jan 23, 2012, 05:35 AM
Jan 2012

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.

 

rfranklin

(13,200 posts)
3. I think the real motivation is to sell computer programming to school systems...
Mon Jan 23, 2012, 08:01 AM
Jan 2012

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

surrealAmerican

(11,314 posts)
4. This really wouldn't benefit Microsoft.
Mon Jan 23, 2012, 08:28 AM
Jan 2012

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

 

rfranklin

(13,200 posts)
5. You are thinking in too limited a fashion...
Mon Jan 23, 2012, 08:52 AM
Jan 2012

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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