May 22, 2011

Bill Gates and Education

I recently read an article in the New York Times May 22nd edition discussing the amount of money and effort the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is investing in trying to improve the public education system in this country. the article said;
"For years, Bill Gates focused his education philanthropy on overhauling large schools and opening small ones. His new strategy is more ambitious: overhauling the nation’s education policies."
My first reaction was great. Maybe now, with Bill Gates committed to improving education in this country, we may finally see the results that we want. Then I paused and thought about the word "we". How can I be sure what Gates wants is what we want?


This blog, for more than two years, has been dedicated to increasing the awareness of how oligopolies are destroying our freedom by taking away our rights to a free market. This has happened as a result of government allowing oligopolies to take over industries and destroy the benefits derived from free markets.

Can the same thing happen with our education system if an organization is allowed to impose its will on our "public" education?

I am in favor of improving our education system. It is not working the way it is. However, I am not in favor of a small group of wealthy Americans imposing their will on us. This is very concerning. Somehow we need to find a way to utilize Mr. Gates' philantrapy and not give up our freedom to choose.

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