New bedfellows in education: Bill Gates and Donald Trump


trump-quote-about-climate-changeExactly how far will Bill Gates go in furthering his agenda of privatizing public schools and ensuring that Common Core Standards is instituted in every classroom across the country? Apparently farther than most of us could imagine.

In late December, Bill Gates made the trek to the Trump Tower in New York City to meet with Donald Trump and had some kind words to say about the president-elect.

Bill Gates was quoted in MarketWatch as saying: 

‘In the same way President Kennedy talked about the space mission and got the country behind that. … I think whether it’s education or stopping epidemics … [or] in this energy space, there can be a very upbeat message that [Trump’s] administration [is] going to organize things, get rid of regulatory barriers, and have American leadership through innovation.’

The term “innovation” has been used time and time again by Gates’ paid disciples when describing everything from charter schools (which certainly have no “regulatory barriers”) to the Common Core Standards and Race to the Top.

In reality, Gates hasn’t done anything innovative since he developed Windows and Microsoft Word in the early 1980’s. His wealth has come from pushing his product onto every PC and laptop in the world. Microsoft has fought monopoly/anti-trust lawsuits for decades in the US and Europe but that’s how he rolls and has done so with education in public schools.

Don’t give anyone real choice, just shove it down their throats.

Now that Gates can no longer work behind the scenes via the former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and his highly funded campaigns with faux roots organizations, and because his man-behind-the-curtain cover was blown by education writers in the last several years, Bill Gates has finally decided to step forward, put his reputation on the line as a human being, and continue to do what he has been doing, trying to think for the rest of us particularly in the area of education.

So what do you think?




Dora Taylor

3 thoughts on “New bedfellows in education: Bill Gates and Donald Trump

  1. When billionaires unite to promote “policy,” you can bet that the policy they will promote has more to do with filling their own pockets than with actual concern for social welfare.

  2. Mr. Gates realizes that Trump emphasized getting rid of Common Core and moving decision-making away from WA DC. This would be a complete reversal of the game that had been played to Mr Gates’ approval and support over the last decade. As to where education decision-making is now headed, I have no idea. But certainly Mr Gates wants to be a big player.

    1. From what I have read, DeVos seems to have been a supporter of common core standards but now says she isn’t. You’re right, there is no way of knowing what’s going to happen with Trump or DeVos.

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