The Inside Story of How Bill Gates Bought the Common Core Standards

08 Jun

Diane Ravitch's blog

In a remarkable job of reporting, Lyndsey Layton of the Washington Post describes the creation of the Common Core standards. Two men–Gene Wilhoit and David Coleman–went to see Bill Gates in 2008 to ask him to underwrite national standards. He agreed, and within two years, the standards were written and adopted by almost every state in the nation.

This is the closest thing to an educational coup in the history of the United States. Our education system is made up of about 14,000 local school districts; most education policy is set at the state level. But Bill Gates was able to underwrite a swift revolution. It happened so quickly that there was very little debate or discussion. Almost every consequential education group was funded by the Gates Foundation to study or promote the Common Core standards. Whereas most businesses would conduct pilot testing of a major new product, there…

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Posted by on June 8, 2014 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “The Inside Story of How Bill Gates Bought the Common Core Standards


    June 8, 2014 at 11:21


    Bill Gates knows how to get things done in this country; unfortunately, his expediency is misdirected.

    Thank you for forwarding the summary of Layton’s article. I am going to look for Layton’s article on-line.


    • Lloyd Lofthouse

      June 9, 2014 at 05:12

      I’ve known a few people who made a lot of money and some of them think because they were successful once, they can do anything and then they often barge ahead and sometimes lose it all when if they hadn’t turned into a rhinoceros in a glass factory, they could have continued to live a compfortable life of luxury and continued to be successful at the one venture where they made it. And Bill Gates has a history of making mistakes and then shrugging them off as “oh well” and then he moves on probably without much thought or recourse for the damage he may have caused to millions of people. People make mistakes, even very successful and rich people make mistakes, but when the richest man in the world uses billions to change an entire country and impact the lives of fifty million children and 3.3 million teachers and their families without taking the time to test an unproven and untested theory that treats children as if they are products on an assembly line in a very short period of time, something is seriously wrong.

      There’s a reason the Roman Empire put a man in the chariot of a successful and powerful general or politician and this man standing behind them kept reminding them that they were not a god. Bill Gates needs someone to follow him around and remind him of that fact.

      You may find this interesting from Diane Ravitch:

      And here’s the link to the piece that appeared in The Washington Post:

      The Washington Post uses the world “revolution” to describe what Bill Gates bought with billions of dollars in what can only be called bribes—spread across the United States to states governors and legislatures, the DOE, school boards, the White House, labor unions, Congress—but I call it terrorism, an insurgency.

      Is there really any other way to define what he did but as bribes spread far and wide to ram his theories through and ignore the democratic process that may be slow but at least the blame is shared far and wide if it fails but in this case, there is only Bill Gates and all the people who took his money without a thought of what they were doing, and that includes President Obama who was an even bigger fool than Gates.

      Bill Gates attempted to buy America and subvert the democratic process. For that, he should lose his fortune and spend the rest of his life in prison.


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