Someone commented about the graphic nature of the photos in my last blog post where I draw an analogy from Bill Gates/Pearson’s Common Core Curriculum to “The Blob”.
This blog is being written about a serious topic in very dark times. “The Blob” was a B-Movie cult classic that was considered by the masses to be far from reality.
However, our true situation with our public schools is a very graphic tale of public education where the truth has become stranger than fiction.
I warn you in advance, some of the scenes in this dark tale relating to Alfred Hitchcock’s life of mystery may be considered graphic.
Today, in these dark times, I present to you — a dark mystery worthy of Alfred Hitchcock:
Recently, a discovery was made, a discovery of a silent film crediting Alfred Hitchcock as playing a heavy hand in its creation called: “The White Shadow”.
The Film Archive and Lucy Cramer with “The Scene” described the film as a “wild, atmospheric” melodrama starring Betty Compson in a dual role as twin sisters, one angelic and one soulless.
Our public schools are under attack in a way that may end much like one of Hitchcock’s films.
This is a tale of one character in this play, Bill Gates. Here we will explore how to expose his duality as I see it:
Bill Gates, like Betty Compson, seems to play two roles
that could not be more opposite in nature.
Bill Gates starring in the role as:
The Angelic Philanthropist.
Bill Gates starring in the role as:
The Evil Fascist and Soulless Segregationist.
It was not too long ago when American public schools were segregated, discussed here by a student on Thinkquest.
“During Kennedy’s Inaugural address on January 20, 1961, he said, “All this will not be finished in the first hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first thousand days, nor in the lifetime of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.” The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a start to helping blacks and whites to be treated as equals.”
Unfortunately, I lived through this dually horrible and hopeful period in time, yet I can tell you; we are now living in a time far more segregated than post-Reconstruction after the Civil War.
Our White-Shadow racist culture was reflected in the movies of our times. Here you can see Tippi Hedren and the mono-culture of the pre-1964 segregation in Hitchcock’s “The Birds”.
While Bill Gates boasts of programs he is bankrolling that promote civil rights and equity; I am writing this blog to expose him and the imposters.
He is an actor posing as Philanthropist, joining with other Philanthropists and ‘advocacy groups where they are truly acting as a murder of crows, attacking public school children, attacking civil rights, and destroying all of our hard earned equities from multiple angles.
A Murder of Crows Attack From All Angles
Some of the ways these Corporate De-Formers and our own government are demolishing our public schools is through unfunded mandates, which peck mercilessly at our public school children, families, teachers, administrators, and schools. These unfunded mandates create initiatives that narrow curriculum removing the arts, PE, music, recess, and vocational technical programs. They create mandates of 2 hours of reading and 2 hours of math in many districts, leaving students with a horrible taste in their mouth about learning, hating school, and often dropping out.
Budget cuts, large class sizes, teacher lay-offs, increasing mandated high-stakes testing, Common Core scripted curriculum in a one-size-fits-all mechanized mentality; have all taken their toll on our children and schools.
The attacks don’t stop there, however, for with the narrowed curriculum forced upon us we are unable to teach civics, critical thinking, and problem solving that will help these children matriculate into fully active participants in our democracy.
The worst attacks in our modern tale are racism, classicism, ability-elitism, and religious prejudice.
Sometimes it is “The White Shadow” of racism, colored with the lies of angelic language that we must fear most. It does not surprise me in the least that children, families, and teachers find themselves at odds with the system that oppresses them all.
As this re-segregation and Charter School Movement march relentlessly across America; children, families, and teachers often leave the public school system disheartened and contemptuous, looking for a more humane place to learn.
While these are criminal attacks that require legal action, I am slowly beginning to see the NAACP, ACLU, and Southern Poverty Law Center involved, but their involvement needs to be at a national level and include EVERY state in our union.
One delivery system of Re-Segregation is the Charter School Movement. Our own public is being duped as the De-Formers are using our own language wrapped in the false packaging of duality.
Bill Gates and these evil entities cloaked in their alter egos rob us of our own language of education and civil rights taking this stolen property and forming it into twisted evil twins, packaged like soulless ghosts of their true higher selves. Gates and his philanthro-cronys’ slick marketing of Charter Schools includes the following dual-language:
Choice = Private Corporate Controls
Equity = “Savage Inequalities”
Freedom = Freedom for Elites Only
Civil Rights = Exclusion based on Race, Religion, Class, Ability, Language, Sexual Preference, etc.
The Charter School Movement was first led by the Corporatocracy, beginning post-Katrina by the Friedman Foundation as described by Naomi Klein in her introduction to her 2009 book “Shock Doctrine”. Bill Gates [via his former employee James Shelton] and these foundations also control Education Policies through the Office of Innovation and Improvement under the Department of Education, creating a stranglehold on America’s public schools.
Charter Schools, Vouchers, and the privatization of America’s public schools are creating the most immoral and “SAVAGE INEQUALITIES” of modern time as described by Jonathan Kozol in his recent research on public schools.
“What startled Kozol most was the remarkable degree of segregation he found nearly everywhere he went, and the fact that no public official, in any school district, questioned this. During Black History Month, dutiful references were sometimes made to “The Dream,” Martin Luther King’s vision of a nation in which black and white children went to school together, but the contents of the dream was “treated as a closed box that could not be opened without spoiling the celebration.” Only the students, themselves, seemed to recognize this.”
“We have a school…named for Dr. King,” said one 14 year-old girl, “The school is full of sewer water and the doors are locked with chains. Every student in that school is black. It’s like a terrible joke on history.”
America’s public schools are being pushed down a spiral staircase of this melodrama, which is being played out on several stages in America. These stages include:
- The foundation websites, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations which co-opt our language.
- The faux grassroots organizations that attract well-meaning public players by the droves to be bankrolled with unlimited funding.
- The public schools where corporate controlled education policies mandate high stakes testing designed to fail students, teachers, and schools — a standard mandated ONLY in our public schools.
- The Charter Schools that segregate our students through these ‘savage inequalities’.
One Disturbingly Strange Suggestion and a
Case of Dual Polar Opposite Expectations:
Do you not find it odd that while our government continues to push high-stakes testing as policy number one at ALL public schools through NCLB and Race to the Top; our Charter Schools are not required to the same?
This self-fulfilling prophecy of failure is only part of the public school system, while our government has joined the Charter School Pushers, promoting Charter Schools which do not require high-stakes testing!
Through Race to the Top, public school teachers are asked to slip a noose of teacher evaluations tied to student test scores around their own necks.
With full knowledge of the death scene about to unfold public school teachers are asked to administer tests to students in poverty, students who do not speak or comprehend English, and students who for other reasons do not perform well on standardized tests.
Once tested, these results will be used against these same teachers to fire them should their students not meet standard.
Charter School students and teachers are NOT held to these same standards. What kind of dual standards is our government setting up and why, if not to fail public schools all along? Maureen Downey thinks so in her article entitled: “No Child Left Behind: A Conspiracy Against Public Education Too Few Called Out. “
All of these attacks prove that we are in all out war with the Privateers who are digging the graves of public education.
One of the most devastating weapons of mass destruction used in this modern time war on equity and civil rights, a war on the American Public School system, is the privatization movement otherwise known as Charter Schools and the Voucher System.
Diane Ravitch, former Assistant Secretary of Education under George W. Bush, has pivoted 180 degrees on her views about Charter Schools as the scenes across America that had promised the ‘innovation and improved’ results, turned evil before her eyes.
Charter Schools are breaking down the walls between church and state in every state they have succeeded in achieving their stranglehold.
Stephen Goldstein takes Charter Schools to task using Diane Ravitch to support him in his recent post,
“In her November 2010 critique of “Waiting for Superman,” the much-touted David Guggenheim film touting the virtues of charters, Ravitch rips (what she calls) his pro-charter propaganda:
“Why did he not . . . inquire into the charter chains that are mired in unsavory real estate deals, or take his camera to the charters where most students are getting lower scores than those in the neighborhood public schools? Why did he not report on the charter principals who have been indicted for embezzlement, or the charters that blur the line between church and state? Why did he not look into the charter schools whose leaders are paid $300,000-$400,000 a year to oversee small numbers of schools and students?” ~ Stephen Goldstein
Charter Schools have not taken root in Washington State as yet, but alongside the recent discovery of “The White Shadow” Hitchcock film, Bill Gates begins bankrolling 3 ‘education advocacy’ front groups posing as ‘grassroots’ organizations, as noted by Linda Shaw in the Seattle Times:
- The League of Education Voters
- Stand for Children
- Partnership for Learning in Washington State
All three organizations are Charter School pushers, posing again as the angelic twins. All three spout hyperbole about their agendas on equity, civil rights, choice, freedom, etc.
It is only a matter of time before the masses will likely be SPELLBOUND by their slick marketing tactics as we know The League of Education Voters is campaigning in homes across WA state as this blog is written.
The sad truth of the matter is: Parents with good intentions are being duped and held SPELLBOUND as they buy into this marketing scheme of language packaging, getting duped while it takes time to ferret out the real evil twin’s intentions of re-segregation.
In the meanwhile, the grave for public education is being dug one shovel-full, one Charter School at a time.
Vouchers have become a way to force all taxpayers to pad the pockets of Privateers who start Charter Schools. Yes, ALL of us are paying for Charter Schools as if we were buying tickets to a premiere film which we are subsequently not allowed to attend.
Who gives Bill Gates these rights to control public education on such a grand scale?
NO ONE appointed Bill Gates as the CZAR of public education! The Seattle Times reported on his bankrolling efforts and interviewed local Parents Across America supporter, Sue Peters and Save Seattle Schools blogger, Melissa Westbrook:
“Nobody elected Bill Gates to run our schools, and yet his money is driving so many policies and so many of these reforms,” said Sue Peters, a parent and co-founder of the local chapter of Parents Across America, which has about 50 members and tracks the foundation’s connections in this state.
Parents, she said, “are drowned out because we don’t have the dollars behind us.”
She and other critics also suspect the foundation is involved in more than meets the eye.
“It’s starting to look a lot like they’re controlling, like they’re a puppet master,” said Melissa Westbrook, an activist who writes for Save Seattle Schools blog. “It makes a lot of us very uneasy because we think there has to be more voices at the table.”
There are few signs of hope in this battle, but one education leader, Jim Horn writes about a recent win in Denver Schools where a judge rules against the Voucher system with just cause here on his blog, “Schools Matter”:
“A Denver judge blocked Colorado’s first school voucher program Friday, calling the program to give parents in the state’s wealthiest county checks for tuition at religious schools a “substantial disservice to the public interest….
The voucher opponents argued the program violates the separation of church and state because it gives taxpayer money to parents for use at approved private schools, including some religious schools.
The judge noted that some of the schools authorized for Douglas vouchers require students to attend religious services. Martinez said the voucher program “violates both financial and religious provisions set forth in the Colorado constitution.” ~ Jim Horn [Note: As author of Living Behind the Gates, I humbly apologize for an incorrect citation where I previously credited Dr. Stephen Karshen for authoring the above quote. While Dr. Krashen frequently writes for Schools Matter blog, this piece was not his, but rather Jim Horn's.]
This is not the norm, however. Charter Schools have ravaged Louisiana’s public school system since Katrina. The statistics in this full article, “The Problem With New Orleans’s Charter Schools” by Brentin Mock are WELL worth the read.
At the Save Our Schools March in Washington, D.C. this summer an African American Charter School victim gave me his first hand account of his experience. When he went to school his Charter School Principal told him, “Get home and don’t come back! We already got the money for you!”
Some legal action has been taken in Louisiana, this time to protect students who are segregated based on ability, but despite this case; Louisiana’s children are still being held hostage by the Charter Schools.
But is this supposed revolution really helping the most-disadvantaged students in New Orleans, those with special needs such as physical, behavioral, or mental disabilities? In July, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed a legal complaint against the Louisiana Department of Education alleging that schools have been turning away parents with disabled children and shirking their responsibilities to ensure that the special-needs students they do serve actually benefit from academic instruction. The complaint asserts that New Orleans schools are in violation of the federal Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), particularly in terms of excessive punishment of children with emotional and behavioral problems.”
The mysteries of this melodrama are real and they couldn’t be darker in fiction as we struggle through these ‘savage inequities’ too long to list in one blog.
These questions remain:
- Will Washington State judges hold back the floodgates of Charter Schools and Vouchers to save public schools?
- Will the Save Our Schools organization and Parents Across America garner enough support to fight against the unlimited funds of Bill Gates and the pack of Privateers?
- Will the people of Washington rise up against these egregious civil rights attacks?
- Will the NAACP and the ACLU involve themselves on a national level to protect the rights of children across America’s public school landscape?
- Will the bloggers and social media authors do enough exposure of the dualities to stop these Privateers by educating the masses?
- Will the White Shadow of Racism and the “Savage Inequalities” finally be ended by public school teachers, parents, and student protests?
We’ll have to wait until the end of the movie – or — take control and write our own ending!