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Happy Mother’s Day Melinda Gates, Mommie Dearest

Joan Crawford: Did you scrub the bathroom floor today? DID YOU?
Christina Crawford: Yes, Mommie.
Joan Crawford: Yes, Mommie what?
Christina Crawford: Yes, Mommie Dearest.
Joan Crawford: When I told you to call me that, I wanted you to mean it. ~  IMDb Mommie Dearest 

In honor of Mother’s Day, please join me in wishing Melinda Gates, Mommie Dearest a Happy Mother’s Day.


Melinda’s Family: Husband: Bill Gates, married 18 years; Kids: Jennifer, 16, Rory, 13, Phoebe, 10

(photo: Parent DishAmazing Mom, Melinda Gates, May 9th, 2010.)

Mommie Dearest, you SAY that “All lives have equal value.”  

We’re a bit confused because we’re not seeing your actions match your words…

We don’t understand why you’re not advocating and using your  influence to make sure our children get the same opportunities yours do…

Lakeside School – Seattle, WA

“The lawn is meticulously manicured, as if the groundskeeper’s tools include a cuticle scissors. Classic brick buildings, a bell tolling the hour and concrete lion statues almost convince me that I’m at an East Coast college. But this is Lakeside School in Northeast Seattle.” ~ Linda Thomas,  Private vs Public Education

Melinda and Bill send their children to Lakeside Prep School, Bill’s alma mater.  Lakeside sounds like the perfect place to send ALL children, as it is touted as one of the “Best Schools in Seattle“.

Lakeside School

  • “In addition to being well known as Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ alma mater, Lakeside School is also known in the area for its rigorous academic standards, resulting in 100 percent of it graduates in 2005 going onto a four-year college, as well as a consistent 40 to 50 percent of its seniors being recognized as National Merit Scholars. The required curriculum includes four years of English, three years of history, math and a foreign language, two and a half years of science, and two years of art and physical education. In addition to the required curriculum, students must also complete 80 hours of community service. Students are free to choose from a range of selective academic courses and with average class sizes limited to 16, students get plenty of individual attention.”

    Lakeside School
    14050 First Avenue N.E.
    Seattle, WA 98125
    206-368-3600
    lakesideschool.org

Read more: The Best Schools in the Seattle, Washington Area | eHow.comhttp://www.ehow.com/list_6157180_schools-seattle_-washington-area.html#ixzz1ulqxWMQ6

Let’s hear from Lakeside Prep School itself, about what it offers to the Gates children:

“Lakeside’s mission is to develop in intellectually capable young people the creative minds, healthy bodies, and ethical spirits that will contribute wisdom, compassion, and leadership to our global society. This informs everything we do and we nurture in our students a love of learning, a caring for others, and an understanding of the importance of living a life of integrity.

 

Our students are scholars; athletes; artists; musicians; community service volunteers; fundraisers; and much, much more. They are curious, active and engaged. They have an appreciation for excellence in whatever they do and a commitment to take part in their own learning. Ninety percent of them play at least one season of a varsity sport and just as many participate in our arts programs long after fulfilling their arts requirement!

 

The faculty and staff at Lakeside are dynamic and talented educators who are passionate about their work. When I meet with Lakeside students throughout the year, I always ask what they think the best part of a Lakeside School education is and they always reply, “My teachers, my coaches, and my friends.”

 

Working in small, collaborative classes, our teachers help students learn how to think, write, and speak thoughtfully about topics that range from organic chemistry to African literature in the Diaspora. We believe that academic excellence and diversity go hand in hand in the 21st century. Students here find peers from every background and every walk of life in every classroom. We recognize and celebrate the unique talents that each brings and we want the widest possible range of perspectives represented in every discussion.

 

I encourage you to learn more about this wonderful place. And, if you’re not already, I hope one day to see you as a part of the Lakeside School community!”

What about the academics at Lakeside?

“Lakeside’s 5th- to 12th-grade student-centered academic program focuses on the relationships between talented students and capable and caring teachers. We develop and nurture students’ passions and abilities and ensure every student feels known. 

The cultural and economic diversity of our community, the teaching styles, and the approaches to learning are all essential to Lakeside academics. We believe that in today’s global world, our students need to know more than one culture, one history, and one language. 

Each student’s curiosities and capabilities lead them to unique academic challenges that are sustained through a culture of support and encouragement. All students will find opportunities to discover and develop a passion; to hone the skills of writing, thinking, and speaking; and to interact with the world both on and off campus. Lakeside trusts that each student has effective ideas about how to maximize his or her own education, and that they will positively contribute to our vibrant learning community.”  ~ Lakeside School Academic Overview

What mother wouldn’t love to offer her children the educational experience provided by Lakeside Prep?

So, I have some special Mother’s Day questions for Melinda, dearest.

Melinda’s opened herself up to this conversation by heading the very public foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, that meddles in our children’s lives.

Melinda, dearest invites us into this conversation by exerting her monetary influence over PBS News Hour’s program “Ask Melinda Gates Your Question About Education Reform“.

PBS News Hour introduced Melinda and admits their Gates Foundation funds their programming.  Could that be why they didn’t post my questions to Melinda through the screening moderator, I wonder?

“Since 1994, the foundation has spent over $6 billion in the United States, looking at data-proven ways to improve student achievement and often jumping into controversial policy debates such as smaller schools in New York City, charter schools, high-stakes testing and teacher evaluation systems around the country.

While the amount of money spent on education that comes from private foundations is small compared to what comes from local taxes, state and federal governments, the foundation’s research and advocacy has become integral to the passionate debates about the future of the American education system.

Next week, Melinda Gates will sit down with PBS NewsHour Correspondent Hari Sreenivasan to talk about the Gates Foundation’s work in the field of education and we’d like to hear your suggestions.

Do you have a question for Melinda Gates about the projects they’ve funded, lessons learned, their priorities and where they plan to focus their funding in the future? Send us your questions in the comments below or tweet them to@newshouramgrad.

For the record, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is an underwriter of the NewsHour and the American Graduate project.”

Since PBS News Hour wouldn’t publish my questions for Melinda, I’ll ask them here:

Melinda – as the richest MOTHER in the world, you wield an enormous amount of power and influence.   Today I have some questions about your commitment to the very public motto of  your Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  The Gates Foundation motto is:

All Lives Have Equal Value

Melinda, dearest:

If all lives have equal value, then why does the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation fund Charter Schools that segregate children by race, selecting OUT and CULLING the nation’s children of color?

If all lives have equal value, then why does the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation tout itself as working for Civil Rights, but does not discuss the ugly racist roots of the history of the Charter Schools it funds and promotes?

If all lives have equal value, then why does the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation fund Charter Schools that segregate children by socio-economic class, selecting OUT  and CULLING the children who are the nation’s poorest?

If all lives have equal value, then why does the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation fund Charter Schools that segregate children by ability, selecting OUT and CULLING the children with special needs?

If all lives have equal value, then why do Bill and Melinda Gates send their children to Lakeside School where their own children do not need to be subjected to the same rigorous high stakes testing that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with their “authoritarian standards” foist on our public school children? (See “print screen” when I searched Lakeside School for “high stakes testing”…)

If all lives have equal value, then why do Bill and Melinda Gates send their children to Lakeside School where their teachers are not subjected to published test rankings that the Gates and  Rupert Murdoch use to humiliate, measure, sort, and CULL public school teachers with through their Shared Learning Collaborative, LLC?

If all lives have equal value, then why do  Bill and Melinda Gates send their children to Lakeside School where they are offered “Global Programs” that send them on trips around the world, while public school children, due to budget cuts, are relegated to schools that more often than not can’t even begin to fund a field trip to the local zoo?

OUR ROLE IN THE WORLD BEYOND OUR DOORS

“Lakeside’s Global Programs introduce our students to the world beyond their doors, fostering cultural awareness and responsible global citizenry. 

Global Service Learning (GSL) is Lakeside’s leading-edge program designed to help students prepare for the challenges of the 21st century. It equips them with the tools they need to meet a more interconnected world, nurturing the values of mutual respect, cross-cultural understanding, equity, and justice. 

The Lakeside Intercultural Program (LIP) has been bringing students to countries across the globe for over 20 years. LIP  often ties travel directly to classroom work and the trips are led by Lakeside teachers. All travel immerses students in life changing experiences that broaden and enhance their vision of the world. 

Students can study abroad during their junior year of high school through School Year Abroad (SYA). If they apply in the winter of their sophomore year, they can spend their junior year in Spain, France, Italy, China, Japan or Vietnam.

Lakeside is currently developing a Peru Semester program in a rural Andean village located in the Sacred Valley near Cusco and Machu Picchu. Students, in their junior year, will engage in academic, cultural, and service learning experiences while living with home stay families. The program includes significant educational field trips which provide students with opportunities to study other parts of Peru. This program is projected to start in Fall 2013.” – Lakeside School Global Programs

If all lives have equal value, then why do  Bill and Melinda Gates send their children to Lakeside School where they don’t need to comply with the almighty mandates of Common Core State Standards that Gates partnered on with Pearson Publishing, promoting them for ALL of America’s public school children?  One link when searched at Lakeside Melinda, really?

If all lives have equal value, then why do  Bill and Melinda Gates send their children to Lakeside School where they are offered extensive programming in ALL of the arts (arts performances 30 +), while the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation advocates for a narrowed curriculum for our children, based on their promotion of standardized testing and Common Core curriculum?

If all lives have equal value, then shouldn’t public schools with the highest rates of poverty have equal access to the arts, equal to the programs offered at Lakeside School, Melinda?

In a report on Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools, 1999-2000, findings were reported by the National Center for Education Statistics:

“Percentage minority enrollment and poverty concentration. Although the percentages of elementary schools offering instruction in music and visual arts did not vary by minority enrollment or poverty concentration in 1999, elementary schools did vary by percentages of minority enrollment and poverty concentration with respect to several features of their arts education programs. Schools with the lowest minority enrollment (5 percent or less) were more likely than those with the highest minority enrollment (more than 50 percent) to have a dedicated room with special equipment for music instruction (71 percent versus 53 percent) and a district curriculum guide for music (87 percent versus 71 percent). Schools with the lowest poverty concentration (less than 35 percent eligible for free or reduced-price lunch) were more likely than those with the highest poverty concentration (75 percent or more) to have a dedicated room with special equipment for music instruction (70 percent versus 51 percent) and visual arts instruction (65 percent versus 42 percent); a district curriculum guide for music (88 percent versus 73 percent) and visual arts (84 percent versus 70 percent); and input from arts specialists on staff hiring (43 percent versus 21 percent), the curriculum (75 percent versus 50 percent), and the allocation of arts funds (62 percent versus 40 percent).

There was not a great deal of variation at the secondary level by percentage minority enrollment and poverty concentration. Secondary schools with the lowest minority enrollment were more likely than schools with the highest minority enrollment to receive outside funding for their music programs (56 percent versus 33 percent) and to have two or more full-time teachers who taught courses in visual arts (54 percent versus 23 percent). Schools with the lowest poverty concentration were more likely than those with the highest poverty concentration to receive outside funding for their music programs (54 percent versus 23 percent), and to have a dedicated space with special equipment for visual arts. There was no variation by either minority enrollment or poverty concentration with respect to the availability of music and visual arts instruction.

If all lives have equal value, Melinda dearest, then why does the Lakeside School have hydrotherapy spa units for their sports program students, yet public school sports programs face huge budget cuts due to increased costs incurred  to cover implementation of your Common Core State Standards and high stakes testing?

Lakeside School Seattle - Athletics Training Hydrotherapy

If all lives have equal value, then why do  Bill and Melinda Gates, who say that “class size doesn’t matter” , send their own children to Lakeside School where the average public school class size is 16 students?


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Anthony Cody, a veteran retired Oakland master teacher wrote to your dear husband, Bill earlier on the subject of class size:

“And if you are in a high poverty school, the chances are pretty much 100% that in every class you will have students who are currently experiencing traumatic events in their lives. I am talking about domestic and neighborhood violence, homelessness, eviction, parents incarcerated. As this report indicates, as many as a third of students in our tough neighborhoods suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. These problems all seep into the classroom, sometimes overtly, and sometimes through acting out behaviors. And larger class sizes make these behaviors even more difficult to handle.

This is not just my opinion. There is a large body of research that supports a strong link between class size and student achievement. And I would be very surprised if the private schools your children attend have large class sizes. On average, private schools attended by the children of the wealthy have class sizes roughly half those in neighboring public schools.”  ~  Anthony Cody, via Valerie Strauss, “Why Bill Gates Gets it Wrong on Class Size” (2011)

If all lives have equal value, then why is it that your three children deserve an education valued at $26,200 in tuition each per year, while public school children “deserve” only an average yearly allotment of $10, 591 per student.

Which half of my child deserves an education, Melinda Mommie dearest?

It’s very clear to us what are the standards you have for your children and their education.  

It’s also very clear to us that you really don’t believe that ALL LIVES HAVE EQUAL VALUE… If you did, you’d be working to give “ALL” children a “Lakeside School” experience.

Meanwhile, your investments into the Lakeside School experience could go a long ways in our schools of poverty.  I guess, “money matters”.

Instead, you’re foisting your investments in Common Core and a 20 fold increase in testing on our public schools, per Stephen Krashen —all used  to measure, sort and cull our children — which proves your ACTIONS speak louder than your words, Melinda, dearest.

I would say your declaration that ALL LIVES HAVE EQUAL VALUE is pure propaganda.

Please Melinda, dearest, prove me wrong – make your ACTIONS match your WORDS…




BilLinda DeVil ~ All Innocent Children Better Beware – If She Doesn’t Scare You No Evil Thing Will

“Gates talks about her wealth almost as though it is a cross she must bear.

~ April Dembosky, [2011] “People Person”, Financial Times

Your enormous wealth is a cross to bear?  Like you are the nation’s martyress? Really Melinda? 

Such a narcissistic, disgusting, whining thing to even allude to –

which brought to mind this blog post…

and Cruella De Vil.


Cruella De Vil
Cruella De Vil
If she doesn’t scare you
No evil thing will
To see her is to
Take a sudden chill
Cruella, Cruella De Vil

The curl of her lips
The ice in her stare
All innocent children
Had better beware
She’s like a spider waiting
For the kill
Look out for Cruella De Vil

Cruella De Vil
Cruella De Vil
If she doesn’t scare you
No evil thing will
to see her is to
take a sudden chill
Cruella, Cruella De Vil

This vampire bat
This inhuman beast
She ought to be locked up
And never released
The world was such
A wholesome place until
Cruella, Cruella De Vil

Cruella De Vil
Cruella De Vil
If she doesnt scare you
No evil thing will
to see her is to
take a sudden chill
Cruella,Cruella De Vil

At first you think
Cruella is the devil
But after time has worn
Away the shock
You come to realize
You’ve seen her kind of eyes
Watching you from underneath
a rock!

Cruella De Vil
Cruella De Vil
If she doesn’t scare you
No evil thing will
to see her is to
take a sudden chill
Cruella,Cruella De Vil

Cruella De Vil
Cruella De Vil
If she doesn’t scare you
No evil thing will
to see her is to
take a sudden chill
Cruella,Cruella De Vil

Look out Cruella De Vil ~ Disney

I became curious about the other half of the Gates Foundation as I thought about their foundations title:

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

As I look at CRUELla De Vil’s costume above, I am reminded of Yin and Yang in the colors of black and white, representing good and evil.  I think about how many people are persuaded to believe that the Gates Foundation is purely good, that the couple are truly philanthropists to the core, always giving to the poor.  Nothing could be further from the truth when you investigate their dark side.

When one looks from afar and begins connecting all the spots on this Dalmatian of a foundation, you can begin to see the evil side, where their black is beginning to dominate the lily white.

What is Melinda’s role in the Gates Foundation? Read further to explore the starring role she has taken on through a character we are very familiar with —  CRUELla De Vil.

Melinda Gates went public in 2008 and three years ago, I must admit, I wasn’t really following her.  I, like many other education advocates was focused on the damage contrails that we all thought were left by Bill Gates  at that time.   I railed against Bill’s education policies;  blaming him for the swath of destruction and I wasn’t really focusing on Melinda.

As the 6th Most Powerful Woman in the World according to Forbes in 2010, actually MORE POWERFUL than First Lady Michelle Obama who is 8th, Melinda Gates is a force to be reckoned with.

I think that was a major oversight on my part and I think we all need to look carefully to research just what Melinda is up to in the world of education policy.

On January 7th, 2008; Melinda Gates went public in an interview and article that appeared in Fortune Magazine, CNN’s Money under the heading “Philanthropy” titled “Melinda Gates Goes Public … about living with Bill, working with Warren Buffet, and giving away their billions” written by Patricia Sellers.

Melinda French, at 22 with an MBA was working at Microsoft and describes the young company as “acerbic”.

“Arriving in Seattle in 1987 as a marketing manager for a predecessor of Word, Melinda, 22, was naive about what Microsoft held for her. “There were a lot of idiosyncratic people. They were all so smart, and they were changing the world,” she says, unfazed that she was the youngest recruit and the only woman among ten MBAs. The culture, though, did faze her. “It was a very acerbic company,” she recalls. That culture trickled down from the top, where Gates and Ballmer badgered and harangued managers. Melinda thought about leaving Microsoft…
Melinda worried about marrying Bill. “Bill had money,” she says. “To me, it was like, Okay, Bill has money. Big deal.” She saw what success was doing to him – robbing him of his privacy and a normal life. Both Melinda and Bill, in fact, questioned whether his conquer-the-world capitalist nature could co-exist with a family.”
“Both Melinda and Bill, in fact, questioned whether his conquer-the-world capitalist nature could co-exist with a family.

Unfortunately, she chose to marry that acerbic-trickle-down-badgering-and-haranging-meglomanic and became BilLinda De Vil instead where she tries to control children as if they were her creatures — pets if you will — giving money only with strings attached like leashes.

I would venture to say some of the ‘acerbic’ nature of Microsoft has rubbed off on Melinda, unfortunately and is now trickling down to their hold on public education and the innocent youth of America’s public schools , where children are chained to their narrowed curriculum and high-stakes over-testing and their guinea-pig-like experiments.

“All innocent children should be aware – if she doesn’t scare you; no evil thing will!

~ Cruella De Vil, 101 Dalmations ~ by Selena Gomez and Disney

And now, that acerbic view of the world is being passed down to future generations of this 1% power couple.

Here you can see where indoctrination of the 3 children born into the Gates Dynasty will get their world view in the Gates household as Seller’s article discusses in a section describing the couples response to questions from their own children.  This is how the indoctrination of the rich 1% spreads through generations.  The Gates children were evidently curious about what exactly their parents do so they showed them a video about kids with polio.  When one of the Gates children asks “Did you know that boy?”  here is the response:

“A few years ago when they showed a documentary about polio, the kids asked about a crippled boy featured in the film: “Did you help that kid? Do you know the name of that kid? Well, why not?” On and on. “We don’t know that boy,” Melinda told the children, “but we’re trying to help lots of kids like him.” Bill’s explanation: “I’m in wholesale. I’m not in retail!” ~ Patricia Sellers [2008] Fortune Magazine

“I’m in wholesale. I’m not in retail!” ~ Bill Gates

This is the real world view this couple has about all the children’s lives they touch – they’re simply products they can control through wholesale marketing of their grandiose ideas! 

The problem with these risks is they do not investigate with the experts in the fields they control and the impact reaches millions of people!

Yet Sellers presents an almost pathetic persona of Melinda Gates, a caricature that we should all pity in her story, with quotes and sidelines designed to manipulate the reader into feeling pity for Melinda.

For example, how does a woman who owns the Gates mansion refer to her house as a

“metaphor for her desire for normalcy”

unless they are so out of touch with the reality of millions of children living homeless and in poverty?

“The house is, of course, a metaphor for Melinda’s desire for normalcy.” ~  Patricia Sellers

Somehow in light of today’s economic depression, 1.3 million HOMELESS children, 1 in 2 families living near or in the poverty line, these words become shockingly disgusting.  They demonstrate how out of touch with reality Melinda Gates really is when looking at the lives of those she claims to be serving through her philanthropy.  Guess what Melinda – children can’t eat tests!  Children can’t perform well on tests when they are food insecure and/or shelter insecure!

Melinda, you need to get schooled on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, I tell you!  You and your Gates Foundation have inverted this hierarchy and that is why your methods/policies are failing! You and Bill expect students to achieve/perform well, then go to college, and THEN make a living that allows them to meet their physiological, safety, and security needs.  Duh!

It’s the poverty STUPID!

But somehow we’re all supposed to be worrying about poor Melinda, are we?

“Along the way, Melinda has sacrificed privacy, security, simplicity, and normalcy. In the late 1990s, during the Microsoft antitrust trial, her husband was widely regarded as the biggest bully in business. And isn’t anyone married to Bill Gates susceptible to losing her identity – to being perceived as the ultimate accessory?” ~  Sellers

Now doesn’t this just make you feel sorry for Melinda and all she has had to sacrifice?  But wait, there’s more….it’s almost as though she actually has to WORK for a living:

“Forgive her if she overcompensates. One day this past fall she spent many hours at her children’s school…and then hosted a dozen dinner guests, including four African health ministers who were in Seattle for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Malaria Forum. By 10 P.M., after everyone had left, she was feeling frazzled and panicky about her speech the next morning. “Just go to bed!” Bill told her.

And another ploy at sympathy for the couple comes from another interview with Komo News, Kathi Goertzen in 2004 — such a terribly overwhelming life they have traveling all over the world juggling a schedule.  Tsk! Tsk!

“Melinda and Bill log tens of thousands of miles each year around the world supporting their foundation’s work. Tackling health and social issues like education and homelessness demands a huge commitment of time and energy, and the schedule juggling can be overwhelming.

I’m sure Melinda did all the cooking and cleaning herself, just like the rest of us peasants after working all day!  Oh, but it only gets better for her.  I think one of the main reasons that those of us educators who are putting the responsibility for the education policy changes on Bill rather than Melinda, is because he’s always been the mouthpiece for these changes.  This article explains that for us too!

“Melinda dreads the spotlight….

But in the past year, Melinda Gates is taking on the role of spokesperson far more frequently.

“The past year also marks something of a coming out for Melinda Gates, as she takes to the media to promote the foundation’s maternal and child health programme. Until recently, she has acted more behind the scenes, letting her husband be the primary spokesperson, spar with journalists and answer critics...

But as she has become more expert on the issues the foundation is embracing, Gates has come to understand her own influence and the role she can play as an advocate. To build more support for their causes, Gates has accepted more media interviews, though with some reservations. “ ~ April Dembosky, [2011] “People Person”, Financial Times

How is this relationship between the Gates couple tied to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation work?  According to this article, Melinda is the driving force behind the philanthropy work.

Let us NOT FORGET that Melinda has her masters degree in business folks!

Seller’s article made me rethink my ideas about

who is really wearing the pants in the Gates family and thus question…

Who is really in charge of public education?  Could it be Melinda Gates?

And Melinda is the cause of the work branching out to education, etc.  Bill would most likely still be working at Microsoft if it weren’t for Melinda.  In fact, Bill Gates says he wouldn’t do much of the philanthropy work at all if it weren’t for Melinda.  So there you go!

“Friends of the couple say that he wouldn’t be shifting gears if it weren’t for Melinda. Moreover, they say, she has helped Bill become more open, patient, and compassionate. “Bullshit!” he bellows. Nicer, perhaps? “No way!” he shouts, grinning because he knows it’s true. One thing he admits readily: Thanks to Melinda, he is easing comfortably into his new role. About the philanthropic work he says, “I don’t think it would be fun to do on my own, and I don’t think I’d do as much of it.”

And in an interview with Seattle Komo News,  Bill Gates said

“You know, I wouldn’t be doing the foundation if it wasn’t for her,” he said. “And she’s really shaped where we’re going with it.” Kathi Goertzen [2004],“One-on-One with Melinda Gates

Who wears the pants in the Gates’ marriage and what’s up with this three-some?

And what is this strange “threesome” they have going on with Warren Buffet?

“Buffett also believes that Melinda makes Bill a better decision-maker. “He’s smart as hell, obviously,” Buffett says. “But in terms of seeing the whole picture, she’s smarter.” Would Buffett have given the Gates Foundation his fortune if Melinda were not in the picture? “That’s a great question,” he replies. “And the answer is, I’m not sure.”

It seems Buffet is very involved in their relationship, even in the purchase of the Melinda’s grotesquely expensive wedding ring as noted in Seller’s interview.  Do the math on this one! OMG! Still feeling sorry for poor Melinda folks?

“As Buffett drove them to Borsheim’s, a jewelry emporium owned by Berkshire Hathaway, he kept ribbing: “Bill, there’s a metric of love here. I spent 6% of my net worth on Susie’s ring. I don’t know how much you love Melinda, but 6% is the yardstick in Omaha.” Bill, worth $7.3 billion by this time, inquired about sales per square foot while Melinda checked out the goods. “I said an emerald. Bill said a diamond is more appropriate,” she recalls. She chose a diamond scandalously shy of Buffett’s price target.”

So who exactly wears the pants in the Gates marriage?

“This is not exactly a marriage of equals. Melinda is better educated than Bill, having graduated from Duke University with a BA (a double major in computer science and economics) and an MBA. Harvard’s most celebrated dropout…

…Melinda also outperforms him athletically. She runs once a week with a few friends – seven miles in an hour, a brisk pace – and tries to exercise five days a week. She has completed the Seattle marathon and climbed, with ropes and crampons, to the peak of 14,410-foot Mount Rainier.

…Melinda also understands people better than he does, Bill admits.

…(“Bill’s very good at complicated jigsaw puzzles, but she’s unbelievable,” Buffett says.)

“Melinda is more scientific and reads more than 99% of the people you’ll ever meet,” he says.” [Bill Gates]

So, in fact it sounds like Melinda outpaces Bill Gates in ALL major areas, making this article sounds like it is rendering him as sort of useless except for the Microsoft $$, doesn’t it?  I hear he’s good at tennis.  Oh, well…

Did Melinda choose the areas the Gates Foundation targets after all?

The Gates Foundation could have taken a much less lethal approach to helping public education.  At one point in time they were involved in supporting libraries.  But …

“Initially, Melinda recalls, the idea was to put laptops in classrooms – which was derided by many as a self-serving gesture by a software tycoon.”  ~  Sellers

But just how did Melinda influence Bill Gates to really make his mark in public education?  Gates’ arch nemesis in his Microsoft Anti-Trust case and the attorney prosecuting him, Joel Klein in NYC  ended up being partners to take down public education.

How could this happen?  One would never imagine them working together to take down public education!  But imagine the arguments made by Melinda Gates who soon convinced her husband to put aside this battle to take apart public education!

“The Gateses’ partner here happens to be Joel Klein, who led the government’s antitrust case against Microsoft a decade ago and now runs New York City’s public schools. Klein appreciates the irony of their alliance, calling the progress “a tribute to Bill.” For his part, Bill claims that it was no big deal to give his money to his former nemesis. And Melinda won’t say a word about the tension that stemmed from that period. “That’s part of our relationship that I need to keep private,” she says. But clearly she helped her husband get his head around the notion of working with Klein.” ~ Sellers

  1. SURPRISE!  I have a new target for you to practice on!  You’re going to partner with your arch nemesis Joel Klein so we can take down public education by privatizing it and investing in every aspect of education for profit! ~

  2. Glenn Close as Cruella De Vil, 102 Dalmatians (2000). [Theatrical Trailer]

And once BilLinda De Vil [aka Melinda Gates] enlisted the “education advocacy groups”; bribed by Gates’ foundation money, the world turns quickly to do their bidding.  Seriously, does Melinda really manage the education policy?  Her influence is one of control to create children all of the world in her mirror image, her ascerbic style of control mixed with Bill’s input is designed to create millions of little standardized De Vil-Bot-Widgets.

Cruella De Vil: “All right. Keep the little beasts. Do what you like with them. Drown them, for all I care. You’re a fool, Anita! I have no use for fools. You’re fired, you’re finished, you’ll never work in fashion again! I’m through with all of you! I’ll get even! Just wait. You’ll be sorry, you fools, YOU IDIOTS!” ~  101 Dalmations, [1996] IMDb

“When it comes to investing their philanthropic assets,

Melinda wields even greater influence.

…Early on she and Bill agreed to focus on a few areas of giving, choosing where to place their money by asking two questions: Which problems affect the most people? And which have been neglected in the past?

“We literally go down the chart of the greatest inequities and give where we can effect the greatest change,” Melinda says.”

As I read this statement, I think about how public education was once the “great equalizer” and I worry about the narrowed curriculum mandated by the Gates’ education policies, the over-emphasis on high-stakes testing that then leads to a lack of time to provide broad more important curriculum choices – like a study of history, civil rights, voting, and democracy in our schools.  I worry about the past 20 years of charter school implementation and the exponential growth in privatization at their hand and wonder about the loss of civil rights as a result of the world through Melinda Gates’ eyes unfolding before us.

Cruella De Vil: [scary whisper] “Oh, yes! I love the smell of near-extinction!”

~ 101 Dalmations, [1996] IMDb

Melinda’s ego on the world stage is growing bigger than any one of us should be comfortable with to be sure.  As she questions herself, she keeps marching forward, broadening the scope of control over areas that impact real lives of real people she admits she does not even know.  She is more than dabbling in areas well beyond her knowledge and skill levels and on some personal level her conscience is telling her that, but she is not listening to that inner voice, nor to experts in each of these fields as she moves deeper into this narcissistic delusion she has created in her role as BilLinda De Vil.

Frederick: I thought we liked stripes this year.
Cruella De Vil: What kind of sycophant are you?
Frederick: Uh… what kind of sycophant would you like me to be?

sycophant– a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage

apple polisher, bootlicker, fawner, groveler, groveller, truckler – someone who humbles himself as a sign of respect; who behaves as if he had no self-respect
adulator, flatterer – a person who uses flattery
goody-goody – a person who behaves extremely well in order to please a superior

And each step Melinda Gates takes forward moves us closer to extinction of the world as we know it.

“But if you’d asked me yesterday if I would like a much simpler life, I would have told you yes.” Yesterday was that night before the Malaria Forum, when she went to bed feeling unprepared. This morning, as she sat onstage and scrutinized the audience of renowned doctors and health experts, she says, “I was telling myself, ‘I know that person … I know his work … I know her work.'” She was giving herself a pep talk. “I told myself, ‘But I do know enough.'” She completed her goal for the day: calling for the eradication of one of the worst diseases the world has ever known….“Tomorrow, another goal. Maybe it will be even bigger. [Melinda Gates] ~ Sellers

What a tangled web of deception they weave.



Antitrust: The New Monopoly Frontier – Education and The Legacy of Bill Gates

In a 2001 film loosely based on the life of mega-mogul Bill Gates, “Antitrust” packs a punch against the very idea of a “MONOPOLY”.   I can’t help but think about Steve Job’s recent death and do a little comparison of personality traits between rival tycoons Gates and Jobs; how one seemed to want to create things that benefit humanity which in turn created power for himself that he often chose not to wield while the other seems to wants to create only power for himself through monopolies.  While both moguls have been difficult to get along with at the professional level, their impact on the world couldn’t be more different.  What legacy will Bill Gates leave behind?  How will it differ from that of Steve Jobs?

Gates at one point in time gets some attention that seems to have shocked him:  “The attack against Bill Gates is symbolic, it’s against hierarchical power itself.”  ~ Noel Godin


“On February 4th, 1998, Bill Gates has been hit with a cream pie in Brussels. The offender, a Belgian guy, got away. Two helpers, a French woman and a Belgian student have been held in custody for a while by the Belgian police. Read more about the event on C|Net.

Noël Godin, the man behind this, has made it a sport to throw cream cakes in celebrities’ faces. “The attack against Bill Gates is symbolic, it’s against hierarchical power itself.”, Noël said in an interview.”

“Many people wonder why would anybody do this, why would anyone not like Microsoft? The answer is: Microsoft has monopoly power and they abuse this power to get even more power. If you don’t believe this, please read the Findings of Fact from the US district court. At least read the last paragraph:

412. Most harmful of all is the message that Microsoft’s actions have conveyed to every enterprise with the potential to innovate in the computer industry. Through its conduct toward Netscape, IBM, Compaq, Intel, and others, Microsoft has demonstrated that it will use its prodigious market power and immense profits to harm any firm that insists on pursuing initiatives that could intensify competition against one of Microsoft’s core products. Microsoft’s past success in hurting such companies and stifling innovation deters investment in technologies and businesses that exhibit the potential to threaten Microsoft. The ultimate result is that some innovations that would truly benefit consumers never occur for the sole reason that they do not coincide with Microsoft’s self-interest.”

Subsequent to this fact finding, Gates has diversified his MONOPOLY PORTFOLIO in his pursuit of several other targets, first and foremost: Education.

Today on Christiane Amanpour and ABC’s “This Week”, Gates mocked Amanpour  and the 99% who pay more than our fair share of taxes, as she tried to pin him down to answer whether or not he agreed with his partner Warren Buffet regarding “The Buffet Tax” that would increase taxes on the rich.  Gates laughed out loud contemptuously, responding:

“I just can’t imagine these millionaires and billionaires going down and barriciding (sic) the streets because they’re going to have to pay four or five percent more in taxes,” Gates said. ..“I’m not an expert on how we should do taxes. Clearly, you can’t raise the taxes we need just by going after that one percent,” Gates said.

I would agree, he is not a tax expert, nor is he an EDUCATION EXPERT and in fact has a much skewed perspective of education based on his own personal experiences.

A little history: Although Gate’s mother was a school teacher for a very short period, the experiences Gates had in school likely twist his viewpoint as to what education should truly be.  To give you a little history of how education looked for Bill Gates the student, I did a little digging into his biography.

What I discovered was a history of negative behavior struggles that prompted the Gates family to move their son to a private school.  I find it ironic that these private schools promoted by Gates himself today now more often than not exclude children with behavior issues or any special education needs.  In Bio-True Story-Bill Gates the author writes:

“Around the age of 11 or 12, Bill’s parents began to have concerns about his behavior. He was doing well in school, but he seemed bored and withdrawn at times. His parents worried he might become a loner. Though they were strong believers in public education, when Bill turned 13 they enrolled him in Seattle’s Lakeside School, an exclusive preparatory school.”

Gates continues with devious behavior issues at the prep school where he is caught creating the first computer virus.  Here we can clearly see the difference between Gates and Steve Jobs, where Jobs is interested in creating a combination of liberal arts and technology to benefit human kind; Gates is interested in creating a virus that destroys things created by others, summing up the personality differences between the two.

“While working with the Computer Center’s PDP-10, Gates was responsible for what was probably the first computer virus, a program that copies itself into other programs and ruins data. Discovering that the machine was connected to a national network of computers called Cybernet, Gates invaded the network and installed a program on the main computer that sent itself to the rest of the network’s computers, making it crash (became damaged). When Gates was found out, he was severely punished, and he kept away from computers for his entire junior year at Lakeside.”

Read more: Bill Gates Biography – life, family, childhood, children, parents, name, story, history, wife, school http://www.notablebiographies.com/Fi-Gi/Gates-Bill.html#ixzz1cJ1FpiRS

He later goes on to persist in this Machiavellian behavior at Harvard when he uses the government owned computers there to begin his private business interests in creating his first monopoly.

His first monopoly does not go by without a challenge however.

“On May 18, 1998, the DOJ and twenty state attorneys general filed an antitrust suit against Microsoft, charging the company with abusing its market power to thwart competition, including Netscape. On November 5, 1999, Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson issued his initial findings of fact, finding that Microsoft held monopoly power and used it to harm consumers, rivals, and other companies.

The sensational United States v. Microsoft case hit Gates with a double whammy. Besides losing the case (the judge ruled that Microsoft had committed monopolization and tying, blocking competition, in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Ac), Gates’ courtroom behavior (recorded in a series of Videos) badly eroded his already sagging public image.

Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson said that Gates suffers from “a Napoleonic concept of himself and his company, an arrogance that derives from power and unalloyed success.”

Many people correctly predicted that Microsoft would be rescued from justice after George W. Bush was elected President in 2000. But Gates had been permanently branded an arrogant monopolist and a tyrant, a perception that would cost Microsoft dearly. [emphasis added] ~ David Blomstrom, “Bill Gates: A Critical Biography”

The judge isn’t the only one who views Gates this way

“Some people consider Bill Gates the best example of a corrupt capitalist tycoon. Scott McNealy, of Sun Microsystems, said Bill Gates is “probably the most dangerous and powerful industrialist of our age.” ~ David Blomstrom, “Bill Gates: A Critical Biography”

It is well known how Bill Gates rose to the top, and once he got there he did not change his spots.  In 2010 he was found to be exploiting child labor in China as reported by Uppity Woman on her blog post titled “Microsoft caught exploiting child labor in China…Gee, what a surprise!”

“The National Labor Committee released a report called “China’s Youth Meet Microsoft [MSFT]: KYE factory in China produces for Microsoft and other U.S. Companies” on Apr. 13. It accuses KYE (photo, right), a major supplier to the world’s largest software company, of child-labor law violations in its factory in Dongguan, China.

The report says: “KYE recruits hundreds (up to 1,000) ‘work-study’ students 16 and 17 years of age, who work 15-hour shifts, six and seven days a week making webcams, mice and other computer peripherals. Some of the workers appear to be just 14 or 15 years old. A typical shift is from 7:45 a.m. to 10:55 p.m. Most of the students work for three months, but some stay longer.” The investigation was conducted over a three-year period.”

Additionally, Gates uses his lobbying power, PR and children to insure his continued profits through schools.

“One area that Microsoft relies on to keep its monopoly going is the school system. As noted this morning, Microsoft indoctrinates children at taxpayers’ expense, using children to sway an office’s choice of software and using teachers as a training workforce for Windows™ and Office™, among other proprietary software products from Microsoft®.”~ “ Increased Opposition to Bill Gates/Microsoft/Exploitation of Schools, Shameless PR Explainedby Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Yet we all know, “money talks!”  The millions of dollars donated to lobby political candidates, the earmark monies donated with the price of failed policies, and being the richest man in the world who can buy his own audience – all goes a long ways in keeping Gates at the top of the education game. So far he’s partnered with Pearson Publishing, Warren Buffet, and the scandal-ridden Rupert Murdoch on a variety of education projects designed to keep him at the top.  He’s positioned himself politically to insure that regardless of election outcomes; he will remain at the top.

This competitive deviance seems to hold true today as Gates first demonizes teachers and public schools, setting out on the path to creating a narrative virus that infects public schools; all so that he can promote his own products through privatization, while ‘selling it’ as philanthropy!

Well, I’m not buying his Philanthropy scheme!  Neither is Molly Belt who recently wrote about ‘education reform’ on her blog titled “You Stay Out of My Classroom and I’ll Stay Out of Your Boardroom”:

“Education “reform” strikes me as much the same. In fact, I don’t even like calling it “reform”. It’s more of a hostile take-over…

“ ‘Most of the complaints about the foundations are coming from teachers unions or education professors who happen, in this case, to disagree with their preferred strategies,’ says Frederick Hess, education policy director at the American Enterprise Institute.” (Billionaires in the Classrooms, by Alan Greenblatt). Exactly. When the professionals, the experts, are saying that these “reforms” are not positive for education or will not be effective, why do we demonize them instead of listening to them?”

No one can argue that Bill Gates is the richest man in the world, but  will Bill Gates leave behind a legacy just as Steve Jobs has left behind him?

Gates seems to be betting that the world will remember him for his philanthropy.  Does he truly NOT see the damage he is doing to further divide the ‘haves’ from the ‘have nots’?  Does he not realize the stigma of poverty’s impacts let alone the labels of ‘failure’ he gives to children who don’t pass the tests he promotes to rate them?

Gates is either extremely out of touch with reality for those who live in poverty or is exploiting these children for his own personal gain.  You decide for yourself.

Anthony Cody tackles this topic in his blog Living in Dialogue “Teachers Letters to Obama” – “If Only the Billionaires Cared About This Data”.  As do the most prominent education leaders of our time, leaders like Diane Ravitch, Jonathan Kozul, and Stephen Krashen in their discussions about poverty. Here Anthony explores and invites one teacher to share her experience with poverty.

Sarah Puglisi describes what many teachers across America experience that Bill Gates seems to be missing in his world view, his experiences, his perspective – or is it simply because he wants to see MORE of this through his deviant side?

“Homelessness and poverty up close is hard. It smells, actually in my room this year, it takes from the very fiber of a being, it is destructive to those that stand in uselessness looking as well as those suffering it. I’m dealing with a woman and her child suffering terribly now-she should never be alone in this, her faculties are not good enough to deal. She can’t go grow food on some family place, she’s like a forgotten being. And so are the supports that should exist, dysfunctional. But my concern is a child, one not washing, that can’t get into a shelter til after 9 at night that’s out by 5AM, that hasn’t had a real bath in a month. No costume for him. And I need to go buy him a pair of pants or two really, couple shirts and get his clothes and wash them. Among the realities in my teaching work I think I’m beginning to understand what I really need to articulate is what poverty is like to a learner. A child that didn’t pick, nor make any of this. And who is so sweet.” ~ Sarah Puglisi

Of course, this is about a 3rd grade classroom in California, so far away from the Gates Manor.  It really doesn’t matter though, as Gate’s long arm of monopoly reaches into every corner of  what used to be a great public education system.  Flaws, yes, but one that at least attempted to serve ALL children.

What about the children in my classroom in his own backyard?  Perhaps he would say they are doing better since they come to me ‘clean’ and their poverty is not as ‘visible’ to the naked eye, nor can you smell the crisis these students experience,  nor can it be identified through the bubble tests he promotes. But does that mean these inequities don’t exist?

Teachers know all kinds of narratives.  We carry these stories of our children with us in the light of day and through the darkness of night.  But more importantly, our children LIVE these non-fiction stories.

And all the standardized tests, software, online programs, and one-size-fits-all Common Core curriculum in the world is not going to help these kids, Mr. Gates!

Only the caring relationship and belief in each of them given from a real live experienced teacher in a small enough sized classroom that allows differentiation and emotional support will help these kids! 

Only wrap-around services and a rich classroom library will help these kids! 

Only learning that is relevant to EACH of these individuals will help these kids! 

Only the kind of warmth that comes from a real human being vs the cold bubble test or online game will help these kids! 

Only freedom from hunger, sunshine, fresh air, and time spent in in the multi-sensory world of  nature will heal these kids!

And only someone who looks beyond their poverty and into their rich potentials, finding a way to demand that they dig deep enough to see it themselves through the gift of hope will help these kids!

Trust me, that person is NOT Bill Gates!

These are just some of the children in Bill Gates back yard that aren’t helped by his monopoly:  The refugee child from Iraq and their family who were woken in the middle of the night by an American soldier dragging the entire family out of bed, taking the father from the home at gunpoint-  not telling them if or when he was to be returned.  How about the child whose mother is in jail?  Or yet another child whose father is in jail.  What do his schemes do to help the child whose family is going through a divorce and says “I just know it will never go back to the way it was before.” ?  Or the child who lives with ‘foster grandparents’ because mom’s home is condemned?

Nothing!  In fact worse!  As his privatization and focus on standardized testing increases more and more money is siphoned away from the counseling programs, music, library, and PE programs that help serves these children and give them the only joy they experience each day.  Budget cuts form larger class sizes that prevent teachers from providing the additional support these students need to be successful.

Does Bill Gates monopolize his profits on the backs of the children in these narratives and their teachers?  You bet he does!  His exploitation will leave him a legacy not unlike that of Citizen Kane.  There will be those who believe he was purely a philanthropist, giving a future to those who might not have one.  As for me, I know better.  I live in his backyard and see what he is doing to our children.  We are the victims of his narrative and we want to change the story.   He doesn’t deserve to win this one.

What if we demanded that Gates get out of education, that our districts give up all products related to this monopoly, and that if he truly wants to help that he needs to do it our way?

What if we woke up to a different world, a different Bill Gates?  One who funded full day kindergarten across America, Wrap-Around Services, and classroom libraries for all schools in poverty instead of investing in these ‘viruses’ destroying public education today:

  • Standardized testing
  • Common Core Curriculum
  • Charter Schools
  • Online schools

The answer:  If Bill Gates invested in full day kindergarten across America, wrap-around services, and classroom libraries for schools in every public school  he would BENEFIT humanity instead of creating a few winners and many losers in his game of MONOPOLY  – a game that destroys rather than creates.

He would also lose a monopoly, profit, and his deviant power.

Although Bill Gates has appointed himself the Education Czar, he is not God.   And honestly, we have allowed this hostile takeover!

What he might gain would be a positive legacy, trust, and true gratitude from children, parents, as well as teachers across America.

This is not just up to Bill Gates.

Whether or not Bill Gates monopoly remains at the CORE of education is up to us.