Editor’s note : This speaks to the downright Dickensian way that Bill Gates, Sue Gendron, Michael Petrelli et. al. view our children; the contrast with their aspirations for their own could not be more stark. I saw it first-hand in Mrs. Gendron when she was Maine’s Commissioner of Education. (Amenable to a per-pupil expenditure of $11,000 for Coastal schoolchildren, she was downright offended at the idea of the same level of investment in more rural kids. ) Bill Gates would like us to emulate the education system of Communist China…! ..but not for his own children, certainly. Not only is the view that some children are more worthy than others repugnant, it is dangerous…. Why do we permit billionaires, with no knowledge of education even wield influence? ..let alone dictate their double-standards.
“What is that? State test results have nothing to do with college going and college graduation rates? The Bill and Melinda Gates funded Common Core Standards, are not a benchmark, by which the Bill and Melinda Gates funded charter school, High Tech High, should be judged? We know that Sidwell Friends, the affluent private school the Obama girls attend, will not be adopting or even aligning to the Common Core. So why should my children and grandchildren by judged by the Common Core and it\’s assessments?”