Orwell Award Announcement SusanOhanian.Org Home

[Susan notes: NOTE: Even though the automatic system registers this letter as 'published,' that's just wishful thinking. It is not published.

Letters are important even if we don't hold out any hope they will be published. What we can hope that with these letters some journalist, somewhere, will pause 16 seconds in his daily rounds of repeating Gates Foundation hogwash. ]

Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution

To the editor

In 'Games based' learning (July 16), General Assignment reporter Jamie Sarrio writes that two years ago the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation "brought together 20 of the country's best assessment designers with 20 of the world's best game designers to discuss creating games that engage kids more deeply," Question: Were any teachers included in this group?

I would note that the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation funded the development of the Common Core State [sic] Standards and the PR campaigns to publicize them.

It is somewhat disingenuous to refer to the Gates Foundation as a "non-profit." Gates reaps enormous tax benefits by diverting money to a place where he can push his agenda, money that would otherwise be collected by the U. S. Internal Revenue Service. So our tax dollars are diverted to a foundation that profoundly affects education policy--without consulting of teachers or parents.

Susan Ohanian

This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of education issues vital to a democracy. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information click here. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.