[See also the "History of Common Core" page]



Recommended reading:
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In this 2009 video, Gates actually says that Common Core will create a "large, uniform base of customers" looking to use his company's products. Below is a link to an analysis of this video:

Dr. Mercedes Schneider, "Bill Gates 'explains' Common Core," Deutsch29 blog, Apr. 2014.
Dr. Schneider is a public school teacher and education activist.
http://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2014/04/27/video-bill-gates-explains-common-core/


Dr. Mercedes Schneider, "Who Does Gates Fund for 'General Operating Support'?" Deutsch29 blog, May 2015.
"The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation does not consider general operating support to traditional public schools to be among its funding priorities."
https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2015/05/24/who-does-gates-fund-for-general-operating-support/


Anthony Cody, "Gates Money Attempts to Shift the Education Conversation to Successes," Living in Dialogue, Sep. 2014.
http://www.livingindialogue.com/money-attempts-shift-education-conversation-successes/


Dr. Mercedes Schneider, "Gates Grant to 'Further Hardwire the Common Core Curriculum'??" Deutsch29 blog, Sep. 2014.
http://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/gates-grant-to-further-hardwire-the-common-core-curriculum/

Dr. Mercedes Schneider, "Gates is at it Again: The Common Core-Centered 'Collaborative for Student Success'" Deutsch29 blog, Nov. 2014.
http://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/gates-is-at-it-again-the-common-core-centered-collaborative-for-student-success/


Valerie Strauss, "How Microsoft will Make Money from Common Core Despite what Bill Gates Said," Answer Sheet column in Washington Post, Jul. 2014.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/07/12/how-microsoft-will-make-money-from-common-core-despite-what-bill-gates-said/


Valerie Strauss, "Gates Foundation Pours Millions More into Common Core," Answer Sheet column in Washington Post, May 2015.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/05/12/gates-foundation-pours-millions-more-into-common-core/


Margo Day, "Security, Manageability, and Common Core requirements Prompt California’s 4th Largest District to choose Windows 8.1 Devices," Microsoft in Education blog, Mar. 2014.
Microsoft VP brags about the sales made as result of Common Core
http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_in_education/archive/2014/03/31/by-margo-day-vice-president-u-s-education-security-manageability-and-common-core-requirements-prompt-california-s-4th-largest-district-to-choose-windows-8-1-devices.aspx


Mike Jannsen, "Gates Funding Spurs Doubts Over PubMedia's Impartiality in Education Reporting," Current.org, Sep. 2014.
Is NPR's (and PBS's) reporting reliable or accurate when they are receiving such significant funding from a source with a clear and specific agenda?
http://www.current.org/2014/09/gates-funding-spurs-doubts-over-pubmedias-impartiality-in-education-reporting/


Eric Owens, "Follow the Money: Microsoft's Plan to Cash in on Common Core," The Daily Caller, Jul. 2014.
http:dailycaller.com/2014/07/12/follow-the-money-microsofts-plan-to-cash-in-on-common-core/#ixzz37IRgaD7t


Dr. Mercedes Schneider, "A Brief Audit of Bill Gates' Common Core Spending," Huffington Post and Deutsch9 blog, Aug. to Oct. 2013.
Part 1: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mercedes-schneider/a-brief-audit-of-bill-gat_b_3837421.html
The above was the first post in what turned out to be a six part series:
Part 2: http://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/gates-money-and-common-core-part-ii/
Part 3: http://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/gates-money-and-common-core-part-iii/
Part 4: http://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/gates-money-and-common-core-part-iv/
Part 5: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mercedes-schneider/gates-money-and-common-co_3_b_3986424.html
Part 6: http://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2013/10/05/gates-money-and-common-core-part-vi/


Dr. Mercedes Schneider, "Seattle Times' Gates-funded Education Lab Blog Experiment," Deutsch29 blog, Aug. 2014.
http://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/seattle-times-gates-funded-education-lab-blog-experiment/


AJ Vicens, "Bill Gates Spent More Than $200 Million to Promote Common Core. Here’s Where it Went," Mother Jones, Sep. 2014.
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/09/bill-melinda-gates-foundation-common-core


Lyndsey Layton, "How Bill Gates Pulled off the Swift Common Core Revolution," Washington Post, Jun. 2014.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-bill-gates-pulled-off-the-swift-common-core-revolution/2014/06/07/a830e32e-ec34-11e3-9f5c-9075d5508f0a_story.html
This post has a connected article, "The People Behind the Common Core State Standards":
http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/national/the-people-behind-the-common-core-state-standards/1086/


Diane Ravitch, "The Excellent but Dangerous Messaging of the Common Core Standards," Diane Ravitch's blog, Jul. 2014.
http://dianeravitch.net/2014/07/10/the-excellent-but-dangerous-messaging-of-the-common-core-standards/


Diane Ravitch, "Gates Foundation Funds Consumer Reports for Common Core Resources," Diane Ravitch's blog, Aug. 2014.
http://dianeravitch.net/2014/08/15/gates-foundation-funds-consumer-reports-for-common-core-resources/


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Anthony Cody, "What will it Take to Educate the Gates Foundation?" EdWeek blog, Apr. 2014.
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2014/04/what_will_it_take_to_educate_t.html


Anthony Cody, "Gates' Excuse for Poor Results of Educational Technology: 'Unmotivated Students'," EdWeek blog, Jul. 2014.
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2014/07/bill_gates_excuse.html


Daniel Luzer, "Maybe Bill Gates Can't Ever Fix Education," Washington Monthly, Jul. 2014.
http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/blog/maybe_bill_gates_cant_ever_fix_2.php


Michael P. Mazenko, "Bill Gates Needs to Drop His Common Core Obsession," Salon, Jul. 2014.
http://www.salon.com/2014/07/07/bill_gates_needs_to_drop_his_common_core_obsession/


Jeffrey Katz, "The Difference Between Bill Gates and Maria Montessori," Montessori Private Academy, Jul. 2014.
http://www.montessoriprivateacademy.com/the-difference-between-bill-gates-and-maria-montessori/


Peter Greene, "Going into Gates Territory," Curmudgucation blog, Jul. 2014.
After a virtual tour of the Gates Foundation Visitor's Center facility, a very interesting character analysis of Bill Gates is shared.
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2014/07/going-into-gates-territory.html


Kaiser Fung, "Bill Gates should hire a statistical advisor," Junk Charts blog, Apr. 2011.
http://junkcharts.typepad.com/junk_charts/2011/04/bill-gates-should-hire-a-statistical-advisor.html


Anthony Cody, "New York Graduation Test Describes “Stunning” Gift of Bill Gates," Living in Dialogue, Aug. 2014.
http://www.livingindialogue.com/new-york-graduation-test-features-stunning-gift-bill-gates/


Adam Bessie and Dan Carino, "The Gates Foundation Education Reform Hype Machine and Bizarre Inequality Theory," Truth-Out, Aug. 2014.
Set of three graphic journalistic pieces with scroll-over links for further reading--all three are embedded below.
Source: http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/25644-the-gates-foundation-education-reform-hype-machine-bizarre-inequality-theory





Charles Pillar, "How Gates Foundation Investments are Undermining its Own Good Works," The Nation, Aug. 2014.
Although this article makes no mention of the Gates Foundation's investment in Common Core, it does point out an important ethical deficiency in the Foundation's actions.
http://www.thenation.com/article/181342/how-gates-foundations-investments-are-undermining-its-own-good-works


Polly Hughes, "Common Core: What Bill Gates and Walmart Have in Common," World Austerity Report, Jul. 2013.
http://www.worldausterityreport.net/education/common_core/common_core.html



Responses to Bill Gates and the Gates Foundation






"We, the undersigned, demand the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation divest from corporate education reform," Teachers Letters to Bill Gates blog, Jun. 2014.
http://teachersletterstobillgates.com/2014/06/01/we-the-undersigned-demand-the-bill-and-melinda-gates-foundation-divest-from-corporate-education-reform/


Andrea Germanos, "Teachers To Gates Foundation: Stop Pushing Corporate Education Reform!" MintPress News, Jun. 2014.
Subtitle: Seattle rally puts focus on how what kids need for authentic learning is absent from corporate-driven policies.
http://www.mintpressnews.com/teachers-gates-foundation-stop-pushing-corporate-education-reform/193136/


Criticisms of Bill Gates and Other Millionaires/Billionaires




Dan Dawson on "Learning from the Rich", Massachusetts Teacher Association, Nov. 2014.



Bob Herbert, "The Plot Against Public Education," Politico magazine, Oct. 2014.
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/10/the-plot-against-public-education-111630.html#.VGUQ0PTF9Fs