There is a vast web of ‘non-profits’ and foundations that make up a Potemkin village in Education today.
By tracing the funding of over 250 of these organizations, I’ve figured out who is building that village – Bill Gates… and a couple of his friends.
The Hope Street Group is at Potemkin village resident and is an outfit largely backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The main purpose is to recruit teachers who will advocate for their brand of education programs and agendas, including Common Core.
One of the tactics of this group is to blanket news organizations with Op Ed’s that further the Gates education agenda. Here’s another an example. A ‘Hope Street Group Fellow’ has a rather poorly thought out and hypocritical Op Ed at the Citizen Times, titled Guest columnist: When everything old shouldn’t be new again.
Note that The Citizen times calls Mr. Lunsford a “guest columnist”. Keep in mind that this guy is supposed to be a math teacher who uses logic daily.
At the bottom of the rather short article, it says, “Elliot Lunsford is a fellow for the Hope Street Group NC Teacher Voice Network.”
Who is this guy? Let’s read his Hope Street Group Profile:
Elliot has taught mathematics at Owen High School since 2008. He served on the School Improvement Team (2009-2013) and was appointed the Chair of the Graduation Project Committee in 2014. He led the implementation of Outcomes-Based Assessment and new mathematics courses. Additionally, he helps students compete in mathematics competitions. Elliot also teaches at South College Asheville where he was awarded the 2009 General Education Teacher of the Year. He graduated from Western Carolina University in 2006 as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. In 2007, he earned a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics also from Western Carolina University.
So,from the profile, we see he was teaching High school math for exactly two years before Common Core came along in 2010.
His entire article is based on the idea it’s bad to go back to something time tested and proven and good to stay with something that has test scores flat-lining and declining.
Yes, it’s bad to go back to the kind of math that has been working for thousands of years and put men on the moon in favor of a set of overly convoluted math strategies and a progression schema that doesn’t support STEM students. Makes perfect sense, if one is employing Common Core style logic.
Remember, Mr. Lunsford has a whole two years of pre-common core teaching experience to draw from.
Common Core had NO support, NO training, NO materials and NO resources — teachers literally had to scramble to pull lessons together and find materials on their own just a month prior to the kick off of school.
So, where were you then Mr. Lunsford? I guess Bill Gates was funding that type of Op Ed, huh?
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