Bill Gates at a media summit
What kind of a world will we be living in when children and teachers are reduced to becoming ‘a large uniform base of customers’ and Common Core will have unleashed ‘powerful market forces’ instead of the creative and unique individuals nature meant people to be?
The powers that be will say Common Core is the product of the states and the National Governor’s Association. It’s not. It’s the product of the trade unions that make up the Governor’s Association.
The big corporations that put the Core and the standardized testing in place in 46 states did so with their own money and Stimulus money. They did it because they see schools as an untapped customer base and they see education as a place to mold their future robotic employees.
They get away with it because of the large amounts of money going into it and because the language arts and math standards are good in many respects. What is being done with them is what makes them problematic.
The Core and the testing take control of education out of local hands and out of parents’ hands. Basicaly, Common Core nationalizes education.
Education, under the control of the federal government, will be turned over to corporations who will provide the learning material at a profit and who will hire the roboticized students after they graduate.
Bill Gates of Microsoft is a ringleader and cheerleader for Common Core.
Glen Beck recently played audio from a 2009 National Conference of State Legislators on his radio show. In the audio, Bill Gates spells out his objective.
GATES: Fortunately, the state-led Common Core State Standards Initiative is developing clear, rigorous common standards that match the best in the world. Last month, 46 Governors and Chief State School Officers made a public commitment to embrace these common standards.
This is encouraging—but identifying common standards is not enough. We’ll know we’ve succeeded when the curriculum and the tests are aligned to these standards.
Gates doesn’t care that he’s violating the Constitution and essentially nationalizing education. Quite the contrary. He’s eager to do it.
GATES: — to create just these kinds of tests—next-generation assessments aligned to the common core. When the tests are aligned to the common standards, the curriculum will line up as well—and that will unleash powerful market forces in the service of better teaching.
Corporations and the Stimulus money have provided about a billion dollars to fund this movement to ‘unleash powerful market forces.’ It’s all about the bottom line.
Common Core is a business decision to make more money in a global world.
At an early age, children will be categorized and placed according to their productivity and potential output. Children and teachers are customers. Children will be raised to be customers.
GATES: For the first time, there will be a large uniform base of customers eager to buy products that can help every kid learn and every teacher get better.
And there you have it! Teachers and children will become an enormous base of customers who will be eager – actually forced – to buy their products and of course they will get better too, but that’s an aside, and it’s not even true.
The USA is constantly put down as not being competitive in the global world but in what universe is that true? The innovation is coming from the USA but not for long after they make us into a nation of corporate zombies.
Gates gives the term ‘evil corporations’ new meaning.