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06.21.13

Bill Gates Marginalises Teachers and Harvests Schools’ Data for Profit at Expense of Privacy

Posted in Bill Gates at 4:07 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: The man who made a fortune through criminal activities wants to be responsible for indoctrinating (“educating”) everybody’s children while spying on them

As more of us start to discuss privacy and education from a fresh angle in times of war on dissent we should all be aware that Bill Gates has been putting cameras inside classrooms like Big Brother is to be hailed and mimicked. Big Brother has a name now. Meet Bill. He got 7 billion dollars richer last year, having found new ways to lobby for his investments under the guise of “doing good”. And having literally bought the press for PR, the press is on his side.

The Gates Foundation/Bill Gates-bribed Seattle Times (PR from Bill Gates-bribed [1, 2] Seattle Times is a daily occurrence) unleashes this latest puff piece about Gates and teachers, helping to quiet down actual teachers, instead quoting Gates PR. Contrariwise in Washington, an article from (post-Melinda Gates scandal) The Post does not let the world’s richest people keep hijacking the voice of the world’s poor or the world’s teachers, not all the time anyway. One writer there understand her area. She knows Gates wants to control minds of children and now teachers too, those who indoctrinate (or educate) future generations. That writer is Valerie Strauss, a true asset of the trend-setting paper. In one of her latest articles she writes about Common Core and says:

Bill Gates is a central figure in the modern school reform movement, thanks to his willingness to spend billions of his own dollars for projects he likes. He, for example, spent $2 billion in an effort to break up large high schools and create a network of small schools, but he abandoned that when he decided it hadn’t worked. He and his foundation injected hundreds of millions of dollars into experiments to develop controversial teacher assessment systems, is pushing a project to videotape every teacher in the country to help them see how they do their job, spent at least $150 million to help the Common Core State Standards initiative, provided $100 million to build a controversial student database, and, well you get the idea. His money has deeply affected the course of school reform.

Watch the letter contained therein and read these closing words: “We have been silenced too long and we may have some pent up emotions to express.”

The authors must not have realised that Gates is notoriously hard to get to listen to others. Many articles were written to show this. The relationship between Gates and teachers is one of command and conquer. If you don’t agree with Gates, you may be thrown out (get suspended or fired).

Gates’ conquering campaign carries on unabated with yet more strings attached for lobbying with money (bribes). This is not a donation, just agenda being served, with examples like this new ones:

President Jo Ann Gora and other Ball State University officials will travel next month to the headquarters of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle.

They are going there to take orders from Gates. He pays them for it. He builds an army. This “activist-profiteer”, as Slate calls such people this month (in the article “New data shows school “reformers” are full of it”), won’t let anyone stand in his way. It is same old Gates, with a fresh coat of PR paint. As Salon put it: “In the great American debate over education, the education and technology corporations, bankrolled politicians and activist-profiteers who collectively comprise the so-called “reform” movement base their arguments on one central premise: that America should expect public schools to produce world-class academic achievement regardless of the negative forces bearing down on a school’s particular students. In recent days, though, the faults in that premise are being exposed by unavoidable reality.”

Here is another new article about it. It is titled “school data profiteers”, alluding to Gates and his private allies. To quote:

School Data Profiteering

When you were a kid and got in trouble at school, did they ever threaten to “put it in your permanent record?” That’s a scary prospect, knowing that the information could be seen forever by anyone with access to it. But what if that record had more in it than just grades and disciplinary problems? What if it included things like when your parents got divorced, or that you had been homeless for a while?

Starting at the end of last year, a nonprofit organization called inBloom began to test new cloud-based software to collect information from student records and use it to individualize the education a student receives. Much of this individualized instruction will come from third-party for-profit companies that will be granted access to students’ data, effectively giving corporations that deal with inBloom free rein to mine student data as they see fit.

A joint venture of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation, inBloom has a long list of corporate partners, including Amazon, Dell, and Scholastic (maker of The Magic School Busand The Magic Treehouse children’s book series). Originally, inBloom was known as the Shared Learning Collaborative (SLC), a Gates Foundation- and NewsCorp-backed organization that had been quietly developing a “set of shared technology services” for several years, in order to “connect student data and instructional materials.”

Here is more about the above, naming the company Gates is grooming:

When you were a kid and got in trouble at school, did they ever threaten to “put it in your permanent record?” That’s a scary prospect, knowing that the information could be seen forever by anyone with access to it. But what if that record had more in it than just grades and disciplinary problems? What if it included things like when your parents got divorced, or that you had been homeless for a while?

Gates is controlling not only the press and the schools (controlling minds with Murdoch [1, 2]) but is expanding further in the area of population control (depopulation and crushing protests) with the investments we alluded to the other day (here is more press coverage about it [1, 2, 3]).

Another side remark worth making is that Microsoft, aided by Gates, is trying hard to keep its grip on classroom. It got pupils begging for laptops so that they don’t use GNU/Linux. “Dumping in fear of Android or ChromeOS” iophk calls this latest news [1, 2], probably making a legitimate point.

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