Bill Gates loves Common Core for your kids, BUT NOT HIS

Common-Core

Billionaire software tycoon Bill Gates has poured millions of dollars into efforts to develop and promote the Common Core State Standards Initiative, a set of K-12 math and language arts curriculum benchmarks and high-stakes standardized tests now being implemented in 46 states.

Bill Gates loves Common Core, just not for his kids…

Strangely enough, though, Common Core isn’t quite good enough for Gates and his wife, Melinda, when it comes to the education of their own three children.Diane Ravitch, a self-styled education policy iconoclast who tends to oppose Common Core (and charter schools, and much else), noted this irony on her blog earlier this week.

The children of Bill and Melinda Gates – Jennifer, Rory and Phoebe – have attended Lakeside School, Seattle’s most elite, fancypants private school.

The hallowed halls of Lakeside School are a sweet place to attend classes if you have the means.

According to a Seattle education blog, the student-teacher ratio is 9 to 1. The average class size is 16. Some two dozen varsity sports are available and the opulent athletic facilities include “hydrotherapy spas.”

Of course, what with tuition for the 2013-14 academic year costing $28,500 per kid (not including books, laptop, field trips, etc.), most families don’t have the means.

Lakeside’s website doesn’t appear to discuss Common Core much.

“The mission of Lakeside School is to develop in intellectually capable young people the creative minds, healthy bodies, and ethical spirits needed to contribute wisdom, compassion, and leadership to a global society,” reads the school’s mission statement. “We provide a rigorous and dynamic academic program through which effective educators lead students to take responsibility for learning.”

A sub-mission statement talks about “interacting compassionately, ethically, and successfully with diverse peoples and cultures.”

A 2011 webpage from Lakeside School does discuss how Lakeside has sort-of-kind-of used Common Core’s relatively obscure science component as a framework. The page notes, however, that Lakeside students are “generally more advanced than average” and won’t be subject to any of the standardized testing which the hoi polloi in public schools will undergo.

Like his children, Gates also attended Lakeside before going off to – and then dropping out of – Harvard University.

In a 2005 speech at the tony prep school, Gates fondly remembered his time and his teachers at the school.

“Teachers like Ann Stephens. I was in her English class, and I read every book in there twice. But I sat in the back of the room and never raised my hand,” Gates declared.

“She challenged me to do more. I never would have come to enjoy literature as much as I do if she hadn’t pushed me.”

Interestingly, the Common Core standards Gates has funded so heavily mandate a nonfiction-heavy reading regime that devalues literature tremendously. Specifically, in the 46 states which have adopted Common Core standards, nonfiction books must constitute at least 70 per cent of the texts read by high school students.

This month, the former Microsoft CEO has been aggressively pushing Common Core. For example, Gates visited the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. to deliver a robust defense of the controversial education standards to a largely conservative audience.

Source | DailyCaller

Find us here

Get news from the CSGLOBE in your inbox each weekday morning

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors/source and do not necessarily reflect the position of CSGLOBE or its staff.

Paid content

6 Examples of Mainstream Media Manipulation

Is Everything in the Mainstream Media Fake? The world of television and modern media has become a tool of de-evolution, propaganda and social control. Since...

Media Manipulation – Are Your Thoughts Your Own?

The media is manipulated in all manners, for example through professional public relations (PR), and covert and overt government propaganda which disseminates propaganda as...

6 Corporations Control 90% Of The Media In America

Why are so many incredibly important news stories completely ignored by the mainstream media in the United States? Why do they seem to want to...

What's New Today

Georgia House Votes To Allow Citizens To Abolish Police Departments In The State

The Georgia House backed an effort on Friday to dissolve the Glynn County Police Department and any...

Leaked CDC document contradicts Pence claim that U.S. coronavirus cases ‘have stabilized’

Even as Vice President Mike Pence wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Tuesday that coronavirus...

Five bombshells about Trump from Bolton ‘s book

Excerpts from former national security adviser John Bolton ’s book about his time in the Trump administration...

Don’t Listen to Fox. Here’s What’s Really Going On in Seattle’s Protest Zone.

It seems I live in a city undergoing a “totalitarian takeover” that will lead to “fascist outcomes”...

MOST READ

What Is Agenda 21? Depopulation of 95% of the World By 2030

Most people are unaware that one of the greatest threats to their freedom may be a United Nations program which plans to depopulate 95%...

Complete List of BANKS Owned/Controlled by the Rothschild Family

What’s the significance of having a central bank within a country and why should you concern yourself, your family and colleagues? Central banks are illegally...

Georgia House Votes To Allow Citizens To Abolish Police Departments In The State

The Georgia House backed an effort on Friday to dissolve the Glynn County Police Department and any...

6 Examples of Mainstream Media Manipulation

Is Everything in the Mainstream Media Fake? The world of television and modern media has become a tool of de-evolution, propaganda and social control. Since...

Beware: High Radioactive Levels Have Taken Over the Pacific

Just about everyone knows about the tragic events which took place during March 11th, 2011. We are talking about the Fukushima incident and its radioactive effects. Following...

Elijah Wood Just Exposed Hollywood’s Organized Pedophilia Ring

Up until now, Corey Feldman’s attempt to blow the whistle on pedophilia and child abuse in Hollywood, have fallen on deaf ears. The actor’s troubled...

Signs of Massive Economic Problems

18 Signs That Massive Economic Problems Are Erupting All Over The Planet This is no time to be complacent.  Massive economic problems are erupting all...

Living without money for 15 years

Happy 69 Year Old Lady Has Not Used Money For 15 Years Heidemarie Schwermer, a 69-year-old woman from Germany, gave up using money 15 years...

Dying Trees – The Beginning Of The End

Even if we don't want to admit it, nature is dying. And it's a shame. Humanity is no longer paying attention to the environment. The Trees...

US, Japan to take ‘specific action’ after N. Korea missile hit Japanese economic zone

Tokyo will take “specific action” and join forces with the US to deter Pyongyang, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said after a North Korean...

Swiss government proposes paying everyone $2,400 a month whether they work or not in a bid to end poverty

Swiss residents are to vote on a countrywide referendum about a radical plan to pay every single adult a guaranteed income of $600 a...