Bill Gates’ AstroTurf in Education (Privatisation for Profit) Recruits More Lobbyists, Necessitates More Bribes
Summary: A look at some of Gates’ latest attempts to profit from a colossal public service, including new examples of PR and payouts
The Gates Foundation keeps trying to bribe schools to help its privatisation agenda (Gates invests in companies that would profit from it). Here is the latest large bribe. To quote a report: “School officials revealed it is the recipient of a $1.2 million “Smart Spending” grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. $850,000 comes from the foundation and a local match, primarily from the Great Schools Partnership, will cover the rest.” What is this latter group and what is it aspiring to achieve? Gates already bankrolls dozens if not hundreds of AstroTurf groups in the schools market (yes, to him its a market, subsidised by taxpayers). We previously covered Teach For America (TFA), one of Gates’ bigger astroturfing groups. We mentioned it recently because it's back in action and this site complains about it. To quote: “Tim Wise specializes in talking to white people about racism. Teach For America is a major player in the elitist and racist scam to privatize public education, supplying mostly white grads of elite colleges as ghetto teacher temps.”
“This ‘charity’ is often doing the exact opposite of charity.”From the comments: “To believe modern education reform is looking out for minorities, you have to believe that all of a sudden, the Walton’s, Gates, Koch’s and A.L.E.C. All have th best interests of poor people in mind, when they have taken advantage of them in every other single realm of society.”
The above link came from Metacode and coincidentally we see the teachers’ blog we love so much complaining about FTA again, seeking to “Amplify the voices of those negatively impacted by TFA in their schools and communities” (using a Microsoft/NSA surveillance tool, Skype, to organise).
As always, Gates keeps working on some PR stories to portray himself as helping students and helping children. When you hurt them all so badly for private gain (profit) and corporate indoctrination you may rightly wish to deceive the public. It is easy to do this when you literally buy a lot of the relevant media, including blogs. █