EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

05.11.10

Bill Gates and Microsoft Guard Their Interest in Schoolchildren and Colleges

Posted in Bill Gates, Microsoft, Windows at 5:52 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Children crossing

Summary: How the Gates Foundation and Microsoft continue to lock down education and ensure they control the agenda young people are exposed to

OUR ongoing research into the Gates Foundation gradually reveals and also demonstrates its deeper motives. GatesKeepers, a dedicated watcher and restrained critic of the Gates Foundation, remarks on the pattern/subject that we are constantly seeing from both Gates and Microsoft, namely the occupation of the schooling systems (whereby Bill Gates is to become the Minister of Education [1, 2, 3, 4] who need not be elected). See this new press release where Microsoft software is treated like a religion that needs to be put in young people’s minds. Both Gates and Microsoft (as a foundation and a company, respectively) are doing exactly that, so concern is by all means justified. In her new book, Ravitch covers the subject in great length [1, 2].

One blogger has published the post: “Why Does Bill Gates Mistreat Poor Children?”

Most people have the perception that The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a worthy philanthropic organization and maybe it is in some ways, but not in education. I wish Bill Gates would choose another cause for his giving or at least change his approach to include and respect educators

Currently, educators are being told by Gates (and sometimes Microsoft) what to do. We covered this subject before and we are still seeing his foundation putting money in strategic areas (also here) and making a lot of PR out of it. To give brand new examples of the exaggerated PR from local sites:

Gates uses the above PR to acquire himself a status, the use of which we’ll explain later on. Similar news tricks are being used by Microsoft, which has that old PR gig called “Imagine Cup”. To give examples from the past fortnight’s news:

A group of judges from U-M, Microsoft, and Ford reviewed the contributions of the six student teams for both relevancy and usability.

This is a case of free labour for Microsoft's car lock-in (“SYNC”).

Later on, Microsoft uses this PR to get itself deals in education. It’s a lucrative business and it enables the brainwashing of many young people. More fairy tales can’t do much harm, can they?

The effort is funded by a man who was a pretty fair student in his day, though he famously dropped out of Harvard to focus on the new world of computers: Bill Gates.

They forget to mention how he broke many laws. Apparently, journalists are too shy to discuss it these days. But positively portraying an ego trip and violations of the law as something that can be pardoned does have risks. It’s not a victimless act.

Here is Gates taking stock of his investments in Philadelphia [1, 2, 3, 4]. There is a lot of posing for the cameras, so to speak. It’s simply PR and the local press in Philadelphia worships his feet, perhaps choosing not to realise what comes next.

After all this PR, Gates gets treated by the press like an authority in US schooling. This New York Times piece seems to be quoting Gates et al. regarding education rather than turn to people whose job is education. Now, watch how Gates is managing the schools and telling teachers what to do.

The Measures of Effective Teaching program, sponsored by the Gates Foundation, is now at my school and many others across the city. Teachers were told this study would show what worked and did not work in the classroom.

[...]

One participant said this might be worthy of support, but nonetheless, it was not what the literature and representatives had said the program would be. Perhaps this was not “Measures of Effective Teaching,” but rather “Measures of Measures of Effective Teaching.”

We’re still awaiting a written response from the Gates Foundation. But if what our teacher was told is true, that would represent a clear bait-and-switch. Personally, I doubt the validity of magic formulas. The studies that support them this year will inevitably be supplanted by studies supporting something else next year. Such infallible studies tend to be discarded and replaced on a rapid and predictable basis. Gates thought small schools were the magic bullet, and he was wrong. I doubt his search for a magic formula for teachers will prove any more fruitful.

To elaborate on it:

About 725 teachers and their students in 86 schools are participating in the Measures of Effective Teaching Project, a two-year study funded with $2.3 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

We have already shown fraudulent ‘studies’ from the Gates Foundation. They simply promote the foundation’s own agenda and here we see it coming at the expense of children’s education.

“Several Bellevue School Board candidates have Microsoft roots,” alerts this article (although it probably views it as a positive thing because it’s the Seattle Times, which typically glorifies Microsoft and always glorifies Gates).

A former Microsoft financial officer, a PTA president, an attorney, the head of the Bellevue Schools Foundation and a self-employed legal consultant have all applied for an open seat on the Bellevue School Board.

The candidates’ bios have been posted online, and they have all been invited to speak at the start of the next school board meeting May 5. The board is filling a seat that will be left vacant by retiring board member Judy Bushnell.

This is bad. We have already seen how Rep. Hunter, a former Microsoft manager, helped Microsoft escape state tax. Microsoft’s influence in the government or local authorities is only being increased here.

With education being privatised, there is clearly reason for concern. Who is willing to give them more power at the government’s (taxpayers’) expense? It turns out that not only Gates is doing this. There are other rich people who want a share of children’s minds 1, 2, 3, 4], as we did point out before. Watch how public officials are being replaced by private interest groups. From the New York Times:

Despite Push, Success at Charter Schools Is Mixed

Executives from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, McKinsey consultants and scholars from Stanford and Harvard mingled at an invitation-only meeting of the New Schools Venture Fund at a luxury hotel in Pasadena, Calif. Founded by investors who helped start Google and Amazon, this philanthropy seeks to raise the academic achievement of poor black and Hispanic students, largely through charter schools.

Here they are gathering privately in a hotel to decide on the nation’s schools. Isn’t that the role of one’s government?

To give another new example of rich people taking over public schools, here is the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation (another pet charity perhaps) joining the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in a press release which says:

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation today announced their support to help secure $93 million in a tax-exempt bond issuance that will help Aspire Public Schools, a leading California non-profit public charter school management organization, offer high-quality, permanent facilities to more students. Known as a Program Related Investment (PRI), each foundation has provided $8 million in unfunded guarantees to back bond financing for facilities that will serve more than 4,000 new students in the high-performing Aspire Public Schools system.

There are usually strings attached, as we did show before. As soon as they become funders they also become adopters and they give instructions to those schools. This is also covered in Gates’ fan press, the Seattle Times, which imported an AP article (also in Google). Other coverage comes from pet charity boosters and another single source we were able to identify. In short, coverage and defence of this move comes just from where it’s expected to come from. More profound coverage would at least question the motives, not just repeat the press release.

At the Seattle Times (Microsoft fan press), there are some articles that look like press releases and local press too seems to confirm recent reports that most news sites are simply PR (60% of the articles, especially in local press, are said to be ghostwritten by PR people).

More press releases which at least don’t masquerade as articles:

Get Schooled, the national education initiative co-developed by Viacom and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the New York Stock Exchange co-sponsored the contest as part of Financial Literacy Week and in recognition of President Obama’s pledge to improve American students’ performance in math and science.

Here is how they are changing the way schools are formed and run:

Soon after Hall became superintendent in July 1999, she began reaching out to local organizations and businesses as well as national groups like the Wallace Foundation. She also called the Gates Foundation, making a pitch about funding an effort to break up Atlanta’s high schools into smaller learning communities.

GatesKeepers writes about “a Bahia boarding school and the suffering of the head of the Gates Foundation”:

At first the idea of the head of the Gates Foundation answering questions from young people at a Bahia boarding school for farmers made the Gates Keepers nauseous. But we can learn a lot about the arrogance of the Gates Foundation from this Q and A. Here is a privileged rich white heterosexual American man who happened to be in the right place at the right time answering naive questions from ‘others’. The worst thing that ever happened to Bill was a legal situation of his own making. He has little experience of suffering like most of the inhabitants of the planet. It is no wonder he is the way he is.

This article goes beyond the issue of schooling and more into colonisation of areas like Africa. That subject will be covered in a later post.

There is nothing wrong with feeding people and helping education, but the way this is done here is self-enriching and self-serving. In older posts we showed this using far more compelling evidence. Without reading those prior posts, this current post can easily be misinterpreted.

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

What Else is New


  1. 'Reform' at the EPO Means Destroying the Staff Union, Crushing Patent Examiners, and Imposing on Europe a System It Does Not Want (UPC)

    The chaotic transition at the EPO -- a transition from something which has been workable to something intolerable -- and the role of the Unitary Patent (UPC), which lurks in the shadows and threatens to harm the whole of Europe



  2. Shakeup Against Patent Parasites in the US and More Rumours/Speculations About USPTO Director Michelle Lee After Trump's Inauguration

    The US patent system is becoming ever more hostile towards patent trolls, owing in part to reforms introduced under Michelle Lee's tenure, but people are still not certain that she will maintain her job and continue to fix the system



  3. EPO Abuses Now Make the Netherlands Look Like a Facilitator of Human/Labour Rights Abuses

    Rather than crack down on human rights abuses, the Dutch government now sends out the signal that it's an island for those wish to violate human rights whilst enjoying immunity (EPO)



  4. Links 20/1/2017: Docker 1.13, Linux 4.4.44 LTS

    Links for the day



  5. “Federal Circuit Had Affirmed on Every Issue in 77.4% of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board Appeals it Had Seen” in 2016

    The Federal Circuit (CAFC) and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) continue to squash a lot of patents on software, in contrast to that fake news from patent maximalists



  6. Kudelski Group Not Only Acts Like a Patent Troll But Also Run by Intellectual Ventures Person; Mobile Market in Dire State of Patent Armageddon

    The patent thicket which pervades everything that is used by billions of people, mobile technology in particular, can be traced back to a lot of non-practicing parasites (or patent trolls)



  7. Watchtroll and His Swamp Still Blame Google (Where Michelle Lee Came From) for Improving and Gradually Fixing Aspects of the US Patent System

    Shooting the messengers (even wrongly associating yours truly with Google) in an effort to undermine patent reform when it is so desperately needed due to serious injustices



  8. In an Age of Necessary Patent Reform and Permanent Uncertainty for Software Patents the Patent Microcosm Looks for Workarounds and Spin

    Commentary on the status quo in the Michelle Lee era and some examples of bias from the patent microcosm, as well as news regarding the NFL getting sued by the Kudelski Group



  9. Michelle Lee, USPTO Director, Should Recognise That the Patent Microcosm is Her Enemy Which Hates Her

    The latest outburst from the patent microcosm, which has a temper issue and notorious disdain for judges it does not agree with, is more of what we have come to expect



  10. Battistelli is an Autocrat Above the Law and It's OK, Holland's High Council Says

    Battistelli's autocratic tendencies will not be challenged by Dutch authorities, in spite of sheer condemnation from many groups all across Europe and the entire world



  11. Beware Fake News About the Unitary Patent (UPC)

    The UPC is dead, deadlocked, stuck, in a limbo and so on; those who claim otherwise are merely lobbying (in disguise of "analysis" or "news")



  12. Shame on MapR for Pursuing Software Patents While Pretending to Stand for Free/Open Source Software

    The patents gold rush sees another company joining the 'fun', albeit this company should campaign hard against software patents rather than pursue any



  13. Doomsday Scenario in the Back Mirror as Michelle Lee Keeps Her Job (and Much-Needed Patent Reform) at the USPTO

    The future of patent reform, i.e. tackling overpatenting and patent trolls, looks somewhat more promising with today's confirmation of Lee's 'extended tenure' at the Office



  14. Links 19/1/2017: PulseAudio 10.0, Linux 4.9 Longterm Kernel

    Links for the day



  15. Corporate (Wall Street) Media Agrees That Brexit Dooms the Unitary Patent (UPC)

    The nonstop lies or the fake news about the UPC starting "real soon now" don't quite pass a reality check or a basic assessment based on fundamental concepts, such as the UPC's facilitation of subordination (to Europe) in the United Kingdom



  16. Farce of an 'Independence' for the Boards of Appeal as Another Ally of Benoît Battistelli Enters as Parasite Inside the 'Overseer'/Host

    The latest cluster of lies from the President of the European Patent Office (EPO) and direct refutation of false claims of independence for the Boards of Appeal, where the former Vice-Presidents can flock, just like the Mini Minion (Minnoye) of Battistelli



  17. Links 18/1/2017: Red Hat's OpenShift 3.4, Mozilla's New Logo/Branding

    Links for the day



  18. Union-Busting Action by Team Battistelli Takes Heavy Toll, Techrights Will Continue to Expose EPO Injustices to the World

    The Staff Union of the European Patent Office, SUEPO, which faced unprecedented and probably illegal (based on local laws) attacks, is being weakened by the worst President ever, whose own management team seems to be collapsing along with the institution he is destroying in just a few years



  19. A Lot More Fake News About the UPC, Trying to Convince People That the UK is Ratifying (It's Not, It Cannot)

    Response to some of the latest misleading (self-serving) whispers about the fate of the Unified Patent Court (UPC), which is in a deadlock due to Brexit



  20. Rumours Suggest That EPO Management is Aware of Decline in Patent Quality and is Thus Actively Lying About it to the Media/Public

    Whenever Battistelli brags about patent quality he may be consciously and deliberately lying through his teeth if the latest rumours are correct



  21. Links 17/1/2017: GIMP Plans, New Raspberry Pi Product

    Links for the day



  22. Resumption of EPO Propaganda ('Meet the President') Officially Starts Tomorrow

    Yet another one of these foolish 'Meet the President' stunts, scheduled to take place tomorrow morning



  23. Caricature: Battistelli's New Year's Resolution (More EPO Lies)

    The latest cartoon being circulated within the European Patent Office (EPO)



  24. Donald Trump Gives New Hope to Patent Aggressors and Patent Trolls

    Pessimism about the prospects of patent progress or patent reform in an age of staunchly pro-business Conservatives and glorification of protectionism



  25. More Fake News About the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Based on Lobbying Tactics From Bristows UPC and the Preparatory Committee

    Unified Patent Court (UPC) lobbying has gotten so bad that it now infiltrates general media outlets, where people are asked to just blindly assume that the UPC is coming and is inevitable, even though it's clearly in a limbo and is unlikely to see the light of day



  26. EPO Totally Silent for a Month, But Deep Inside There Are Serious Cracks

    The situation at the EPO seems to be pretty grim, even at the top-level management, and the EPO has gone into permanent silence mode



  27. Links 16/1/2017: Linux 4.10 RC4, Linux Mint 18.1 'Serena' KDE Edition Beta

    Links for the day



  28. 'Financial Director' Publishes Fake News About the Unitary Patent (UPC)

    Response to some of the latest UPC propaganda, which strives to misinform Financial Directors so as to enrich the author and his firm



  29. Independent and Untainted Web Sites About Patents Are Still Few and Rare

    Commentary about news sources that we rely on, as well as the known pitfalls or the vested interests deeply ingrained in them



  30. The 20% Rule: Patent Trolling Suffers Double-Digit Declines and Patent Troll Technicolor is Collapsing

    Significant demise or total catastrophe for the modus operandi (method) of going after companies with a pile of patents and threats of litigation


CoPilotCo

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts