“Out, damned spot; out, I say.” — Melinda Gates, we call your power into account.

Melinda Gates: don’t be the Lady Macbeth of education reform

Teachers' Letters to Bill Gates

Melinda Gates Behind Every Great Man

“What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account?”

–Lady Macbeth

Mrs. Gates:

At the National Conference of State Legislatures on July 21st, 2009, your husband spoke about our country’s economic crisis and offered an unlikely solution: the Common Core State Standards and the tests that go with them. He asked his audience to “accelerate [school] reform” and came to the following conclusion:

“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. For the first time, there will be a large base of customers eager to buy products that can help every kid learn and every teacher get better.” (Emphasis mine)

Our ongoing obsession with standardized testing, which your initiatives have intensified, has served to narrow curricula all over the country, stigmatize children and their…

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2 responses to ““Out, damned spot; out, I say.” — Melinda Gates, we call your power into account.

  1. Teachers'LettersToBillGates

    Thank you for your arguments with Melinda Gates’ October 9th interview with Education Week’s Stephen Sawchuk. We do call her power into account. Shouldn’t the same accountability measures be applied to the Gates’ reform experiments, at least, since they are NOT experts?

    “Fair is foul, and foul is fair. Hover through the fog of the filthy air.” – chant by the Weird Sisters, Macbeth

    Corporate reform is creating a fog of filthy air and fouls by the powerful elite. What teachers don’t seem to realize is if we stand together, we hold ALL of the power. Begin to stand together, teachers. I call foul!

    Susan,
    Co-author of Teachers’ Letters to Bill Gates

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