Good question (After reading that, check out Dan Lederman's agenda regarding ALEC and education ):We might as well refer to the Department of Education as the Department of Bill Gates. He has spent an enormous amount of money on the initiatives benefiting Microsoft and pre-determined vendors. We'll spell it out again how Gates is becoming the czar of education (it's really quite creative):
- He is taking over the public education realm by his foundation providing Common Core Standards (they are all "free"-think philanthropy) to states if they will agree to use its blueprint.
- If the states agree to do so (under financial pressures from the Federal Government), the Gates Foundation can control what and how students learn.
- He's done this by crafting the standards under which students will learn.
- The states have been ruled impotent in exercising their sovereign right to educate their citizens in the manner deemed appropriate by the state by this takeover of education.
That's it in a nutshell. He gives money to the government and schools to further his agenda and he reaps the benefits of the business that agenda creates. The common core is an integral part of that agenda. If the common core standards are not implemented, the whole plan falls apart.
I was interested when I read The American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) education task force just last week called for the demise of the standards:
A package of model legislation opposing the common standards gained ground yesterday at the American Legislative Exchange Council.
The organization's education task force approved the package, we learned from a couple of folks who attended those sessions of ALEC's meeting this week in Scottsdale, Ariz.
This is listed on ALEC's website and describes its mission:
… to advance the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty, through a nonpartisan public-private partnership of America’s state legislators, members of the private sector, the federal government, and general public.
… to promote these principles by developing policies that ensure the powers of government are derived from, and assigned to, first the People, then the States, and finally, the Federal Government.
If ALEC takes its mission seriously, then this model legislation is long overdue and should have been introduced when the talk of common core and a national curriculum was introduced by Bill Gates, the NGA, the CCSSO and the Department of Education.
This is good news, right? W**A**I**T.
On the heels of this announcement, did Mr. Gates say to ALEC...."not so fast"? Bill Gates is not only buying the Department of Education, it seems he is attempting to buy out ALEC as well. A grant was given to ALEC by Gates for educational reform in November 2011.
Gates is spearheading the implementation of common core standards, teacher hiring and teacher evaluations. State legislators can stop the implementation of standards and unfunded mandates. Will the ALEC Board support this model legislation? Or will it fold like Arne Duncan, take the money....and pretend it promotes Jeffersonian principles?
Gates is intent on a complete takeover of the educational delivery and content while utilizing taxpayer money. From our previous article "The Outrage of the (Bill and Melinda) Gates Foundation is Misdirected":
In the interview Mr. Gates clearly states that his goal is "to leverage private money" in a way that "redirects" how tax dollars are spent inside public education. Mr. Gates is using his personal philanthropy to direct government policy, to channel taxpayers' funds to pay for the national curriculum he personally wants. (emphasis added)
Question to the ALEC Board: is the possible sell out of the Constitution via implementation of common core standards worth $376,635?