This well-researched (and disturbing) post from Maine blogger Emily Talmage is a must-read. Wake up, citizens of Baltimore County! It’s happening here and it’s STAT. Take the time to read the linked June 2014 Washington Post story at the beginning of Emily’s post.
“The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation didn’t just bankroll the development of what became known as the Common Core State Standards. With more than $200 million, the foundation also built political support across the country, persuading state governments to make systemic and costly changes.”
“Gates has said that one of the benefits of common standards would be to open the classroom to digital learning, making it easier for software developers — including Microsoft — to develop new products for the country’s 15,000 school districts.”
“In February, Microsoft announced that it was joining Pearson, the world’s largest educational publisher, to load Pearson’s Common Core classroom materials on Microsoft’s tablet, the Surface. That product allows Microsoft to compete for school district spending with Apple, whose iPad is the dominant tablet in classrooms.”
In January, Fortune published this article: Everybody hates Pearson.
Pearson is the lead contractor producing PARCC tests (Partnership for Readiness for College and Careers) aligned with Common Core.
And Pearson is a sponsor of the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools.
Oh, the tangled web.
If you can stand it, here’s another great article on the corporate hijacking of public education written by a social worker in the D.C. public school system.