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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.



The White Shadow: Bill Gates, Charter Schools, & The Evil Twins

Alfred Hitchcock "The White Shadow"

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”.

Sometimes it is "The White Shadow" of racism, colored with the lies of angelic language that we must fear most.

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.

Dual Roles Where Lines Become Blurred to Viewers

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:

Gates Black Shadow

The Angelic Philanthropist.

and

Bill Gates starring in the role as:

Bill Gates as "The White Shadow" - his alter ego Evil Twin Casting Re-Segregation on America's Public Schools

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”.

Teachers and School Children, Public Schools Under Attack

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.

Outnumbered by Unlimited Bankrolling and Corporate Controls of Government Ed Policies, High-Stakes Testing, Unfunded Mandates

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.

Note from Hitchcock's movie "The Ring" demonstrates how children, families, and teachers in public schools may be feeling. Justifiably so...

While these are criminal attacks that require legal action, I am slowly beginning  to see the NAACPACLU,  and Southern Poverty Law Center involved, but their involvement needs to be at a national level and include EVERY state in our union.

Up close and personal attacks on ALL public school children

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.

Gates and our Corporatocracy Controlled Government have 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.”

Multiple Layers of Actions Take Center Stage on Many Stages, Making it Difficult to Fight Back Giving Vertigo to Those Trying to Protect Civil Rights/Public Schools

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:

  1. The foundation websites,  such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations which co-opt our language.
  2. The faux grassroots organizations that attract well-meaning public players by the droves to be bankrolled with unlimited funding.
  3. 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.
  4. The Charter Schools that segregate our students through these ‘savage inequalities’.

    Strange Suggestions to Public Schools Through 100% Proficiency Requirements of NCLB and Teacher Evaluations Tied to Student Performance Through Race to the Top

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. “

Charter Schools and Vouchers Used as Weapons of Mass Destruction

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.

Privatization and Charter Schools are Digging the Grave of the Separation Between Church and State

Stephen Goldstein takes Charter Schools to task using Diane Ravitch to support him in his recent post,

“Stop the Spread of Charter Schools!  They are a Scam!”

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 Yet Taken Root in Washington State

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:

  1. The League of Education Voters
  2. Stand for Children
  3. 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.

Parents and So-Called "Education Advocates" are Held Spellbound by the Philanthro-PIRATE's Language and Packaging

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.

The Grave for Public Schools is Being Dug One Shovel-full 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.

NO ONE Appointed Bill Gates as the CZAR of Education

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.”

Hope for Public Schools

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.

“National media outlets have similarly gushed over New Orleans, some going so far as to suggest that Katrina saved the public-education systemin the city.

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!


Plundering the Public Out of Public Schools

Just 2 days before the Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action took place at the Ellipse on the US Capitol Grounds, Bill Gates was speaking in front of the National Urban League’s annual conference on July 28, 2011.  His topic was “Education As a Civil Right”.  In his speech he promoted the brave new world’s philosophy of  CHOICE through the privatization of public schools.  

I have embedded a link posted on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation highlighting a video from The National Alliance of Public Charter Schools.  Here is a transcript of Bill Gate’s speech, highlighting his support of KIPP Charter Schools.  While the record is fuzzy about whether or not the Gates Foundation has come out publicly supporting charter schools, here you will see the TRUTH:

“When I speak about our Foundation’s work in education, one of the questions I get all the time, and sometimes even in a sort of accusatory tone is, “Is it true that you support charter schools?”  Well, I love that question because I like to answer yes, we are guilty as charged.” [Applause.] ~ Bill Gates, National Alliance  for Public Charter Schools Official Transcript

One of the most horrible falsehoods stated by Gates in his speech, since on his own foundation site, they ironically tout the Charter School as a path to Civil Rights in Education, can be found here:

“In a few places where this has happened, notably in New Orleans, there have been significant benefits.  Since Hurricane Katrina, the charter presence in that city has increased by about sixty percent, and the city’s improvement on test scores has grown more than three times faster than the rest of the state.  And some of that comes out of the cooperation between the charter sector and the public schools.” ~ Bill Gates, The National Alliance for Charter Schools speech, July 28, 2011

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has a page that states:

“At the Gates Foundation, we believe that every child, regardless of race family income, ZIP code, or life circumstance can succeed. But we also understand that poverty can make life’s hurdles even higher.” ~ Allan C. Golston, Education As A Civil Right, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

I would like to argue that the current charter school system is a major failure in the cause for civil rights and is in FACT, diminishing it rapidly through the re-segregation of our public schools!

I recently attended the Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action, joined and endorsed by the Plessy & Ferguson Foundation and the new Freedom Riders from New Orleans, Louisiana.  I think Bill Gates forgot to interview a few people who lived through Katrina and are now living through his Philanthro-PIRATE Plundering of their public schools via his and The Milton Friedman Foundation’s charter school agenda! 

I visited with Phoebe Ferguson and several of the New Freedom Riders during those days in Washington, D.C.’s SOS Conference.  I can tell you that these first hand primary sources do not want charter schools in Louisiana!  I can tell you they do not want you to buy Bill Gate’s lies!  One student told me that once the charter schools got their money for the year, they were told to “Go on home! Stay out of school, cuz we already got the money for you!”  These African-American poor students are fighting back through poetry, music, rap, dance, and protests of beautiful power!   

Politicians claim the solution is a corporate takeover of public schools, falsely advertising charter schools as an answer. Teaching materials are developed at the behest of corporate entities, like the recent fourth grade energy curriculum paid for by the American Coal Foundation. Meanwhile, more and more time is allocated to “teach to the test,” while art, music and PE are quickly becoming a distant memory.”  ~ Michael Harrington, The Culture Zone (2011)

I was personally touched by their passionate stories of real life under the thumb of the Philanthro-PIRATES who took over New Orleans public schools even before the relief effort began.  Prior to the SOS March I had been catching up on some reading and discovered the introduction to Naomi Klein’s book “The Shock Doctrine”  Here is an excerpt from her introduction relating directly to the privatization and creation of charter schools in New Orleans:

“One of those who saw opportunity in the floodwaters of New Orleans was the late Milton Friedman, grand guru of unfettered capitalism and credited with writing the rulebook for the contemporary, hyper-mobile global economy. Ninety-three years old and in failing health, “Uncle Miltie”, as he was known to his followers, found the strength to write an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal three months after the levees broke. “Most New Orleans schools are in ruins,” Friedman observed, “as are the homes of the children who have attended them. The children are now scattered all over the country. This is a tragedy. It is also an opportunity.”

Friedman’s radical idea was that instead of spending a portion of the billions of dollars in reconstruction money on rebuilding and improving New Orleans’ existing public school system, the government should provide families with vouchers, which they could spend at private institutions.

In sharp contrast to the glacial pace with which the levees were repaired and the electricity grid brought back online, the auctioning-off of New Orleans’ school system took place with military speed and precision. Within 19 months, with most of the city’s poor residents still in exile, New Orleans’ public school system had been almost completely replaced by privately run charter schools.

The Friedmanite American Enterprise Institute enthused that “Katrina accomplished in a day … what Louisiana school reformers couldn’t do after years of trying”. Public school teachers, meanwhile, were calling Friedman’s plan “an educational land grab”. I call these orchestrated raids on the public sphere in the wake of catastrophic events, combined with the treatment of disasters as exciting market opportunities, “disaster capitalism”.”  ~  Naomi Klein, “Shock Doctrine” (2009)

One might wonder when you read the Philanthro-PIRATE propaganda machine of these foundations, just what might possibly be WRONG with their IDEALS!  Read this excerpt from the founders page of the Friedman Foundation site:

“On their own, Milton and Rose Friedman were revolutionary.

But when they combined their intellect and vision, the two were simply unstoppable.

And together they dedicated the last years of the life to their passion: school choice. …

In 1996, they established the Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation to advance a system of k-12 education where every parent, regardless of race, origin or family income, was free to choose a learning environment that was best for their child. As they said, “This foundation is the culmination of what has been one of our main interests for more than four decades: improvement in the quality of the education available to children of all income and social classes in this nation, whether that education is provided in government or private schools or at home.”  ~ Friedman Foundation Propaganda

What is the difference between these public and private charter schools and how is Bill Gates involved in Friedman’s plot, you might wonder?  Here is a link to The Friedman Foundation For Educational Choice, Advancing Milton and Rose Friedman’s Vision of School Choice for All Children

Here are the ways that this Foundation measures success.  Keep in mind, while both Milton Friedman and his wife are both dead; their agenda carries on.

MEASURING SUCCESS

“We measure success in the following five ways:

  1. The increase in the percentage of public dollars going to fund private school choice compared to the overall funds going to all K-12 education.
  2. The increase in the percentage of children attending private schools compared to the overall number of children enrolled in K-12 education.
  3. How much closer we got in any given year to achieving Milton Friedman’s vision of universal school choice.
  4. How much we helped create credible and sustainable local school choice efforts that will exist long after we are gone.
  5. Whether or not our program services meaningfully advanced the school choice movement in individual states.”

Notice, none of these measurements of success include the No Child Left Behind act of 100% proficiency in student achievement to be met by the year 2012!

Here’s yet another link that is critically important, linking  the American Legislative Exchange Council otherwise known as A.L.E.C. with the Friedman Foundation! 

Model Legislation

” The American Legislative Exchange Council—with assistance from the Foundation for Educational Choice, Alliance for School Choice, numerous state legislators, and policy experts from around the country—developed the following pieces of model legislation for your use.” ~ Friedman Foundation

The reason A.L.E.C. is so powerful is their ability to form giant corporate lobbying groups to spend unlimited funding towards legislation that THEY pre-draft, then pass on to the REAL legislators they lobby, who then introduce this pre-drafted legislation as if they themselves had drafted it, pushing it through congress and the senate at local, state,  and federal levels!

What are the results of Friedman’s powerful influence in creating ‘schools of choice’ or ‘charter schools’ in Louisiana?  Read about the devastating consequences in many places, but here is one source:

“In New Orleans, 57 percent of public school students attended charter schools at the end of 2007, and that percentage has probably increased. Before Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Public School Board ran 123 schools. After the storm, they were taken over by the state of Louisiana and most were turned over to subcontractors. There is now a three-tier school district; select students attend publicly funded charters, others attend state-run schools (the Recovery School District) with a student-to-teacher ratio as high as 40:1 in some schools and no local school board to complain to, and still another group attends the least desirable Orleans Parish schools, where there is a security guard for every thirty-seven students.16

An important article by Bill Quigley describes this system and tells how Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings and the U.S. Department of Education had already put $20.9 million in special funds on the table for charter schools by September 30, 2005. (Another $20 million followed.)17 About two months later all 7,500 public school teachers and other school employees in New Orleans were fired and forced to reapply for their jobs, effectively busting the United Teachers of New Orleans. Over a year and a half later, as chronicled in the New Orleans Teachers Union Report No Experience Necessary: How the New Orleans School Takeover Experiment Devalues Experienced Teachers, well over three hundred students were still on wait-lists to gain admission to public schools. The shortages of classroom spaces in the public schools were so bad in 2007 that the NAACP filed suit on behalf of a wait-listed student.18 But the money was readily available, and the red tape not so thick, for privately run charters.

In one heroic case, parents, teachers, and students began squatting in Martin Luther King Jr. School in the Lower 9th Ward, in an attempt to force the reopening of the school. They were offered several million dollars if they would reopen—as a charter.19 In such cases, teachers and parents who decide to form charter schools don’t do so out of hostility to public schools, but out of necessity. In New Orleans in particular, this is a conscious design on the part of the charter movement.” ~ Sarah Knopp, Charter Schools and the Attack on Public Education

But who is driving the current Charter School bus?

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Friedman Foundation, A.L.E.C., The Waltons, The Broad Foundation, The Koch Brothers…and many new companies popping up in China, just to name a few.  Sarah Knopp tells us a story here:

As for a coordinated effort, the private incursion into public schools is being pushed by a band of jackals grouped around Bill Gates and the $2 billion that his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have sunk into the education “reform” movement. The foundation funded a 2006 study by the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce called Tough Choices or Tough Times, “signed by a bipartisan collection of prominent politicians, businesspeople, and urban school superintendents,” which

called for a series of measures including: (a) replacing public schools with what the report called “contract schools,” which would be charter schools writ large; (b) eliminating nearly all the powers of local school boards—their role would be to write and sign the authorizing agreements for the contract schools; (c) eliminating teacher pensions and slashing health benefits; and (d) forcing all 10th graders to take a high school exit examination based on 12th grade skills, and terminating the education of those who failed (i.e., throwing millions of students out into the streets as they turn 16).25

In the beginning, the Gateses used their dollars and employees to push school districts such as Los Angeles to break up mega-high schools into “small learning communities.” But now they are advising superintendents to give up that project and go straight for independent charters. Gates’ $60 million project, “Ed in ’08: Strong American Schools,”26 will use the elections this year to influence politicians to accept their three mandates: standardization of curriculum nationally, merit pay for teachers, and more time in schools. The campaign’s money comes from Bill Gates and Eli Broad, a Los Angeles real estate magnate. Roy Romer, the former superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, is its spokesman, and it counts among its supporters a diverse crowd—from Rod Paige, the former secretary of education, who once called teachers’ unions “terrorist organizations,” to Janet Murguia, president and CEO of the corporate-backed National Council of La Raza. It trumpets success stories, like its “Mission Possible: Greensboro, North Carolina,”27 where 383 teachers were paid bonuses in direct relation to their students’ test scores.

The movement also has regional boosters. In Los Angeles, Eli Broad, the billionaire who tried to engineer the mayoral takeover of Los Angeles schools, gave Steve Barr and his nonprofit Green Dot $10 million. Last spring Green Dot took over the 2,600-student Locke High School from the Los Angeles Unified School District and has a goal of expanding to forty-one schools throughout Los Angeles.28 Green Dot is supported by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who invited Green Dot executive Marshall Tuck onto his five-person educational advisory board. Villaraigosa is currently pushing for a $7 billion bond measure for the November ballot in Los Angeles, $450 million of which would be earmarked for charter schools if his friend (and former school board member) Caprice Young has her way.29 It’s not surprising that Green Dot’s ties with Democratic Party politicians are so strong, since founder Steve Barr cut his political teeth campaigning for Gary Hart, Bruce Babbitt, and Michael Dukakis.30 ~ Sarah Knopp, Charter Schools and the Attack on Public Education

But wait!  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is promoting PUBLIC charter schools, right? 

No, they have crossed the line into promotion of non-profit charters as well as public charter schools. 

Oh, but how can non-profit charter schools hurt anything? 

“The newest mandate from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is that we need to close thousands of broken inner-city schools and replace them with charters. There is fierce competition over who will get the contracts, especially among nonprofits. And nonprofits are, of course, allowed to pay their administrators very high salaries as well as keeping a small profit.” ~  Sarah Knopp, Charter Schools and the Attack on Public Education

In closing, it is clear to see The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has joined with the corporations hiding behind foundations across the country to plunder the final vestiges of PUBLIC control over PUBLIC education, an institution though with its faults is designed to serve the needs of ALL children – regardless of class, race, ability, sexual preference, religion, opinion, or political persuasion.  This cannot be said for charter schools. 

It is clear to me the true agendas behind charter schools hidden behind these Philanthro-PIRATE Propaganda:

  1. Profit
  2. Re-Segregation by class and color/race
  3. Disestablishmentarianism: Tearing down the great wall between church and state
  4. Reducing civic critical thinking skills to ‘dumb down democracy’
  5. Tyranny over education policy
  6. Extraction of local control

This is one philanthropy model I’m not buying!