New York Governor Andrew Cuomo admitted that globalist Bill Gates and the state of New York will be collaborating on educational reforms to the New York school system. New York schools have been closed for the remainder of the school year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, Cuomo’s announcement of a partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was unexpected.
“The old model of everybody goes and sits in a classroom and the teacher is in front of that classroom, and teaches that class, and you do that all across the city, all across the state, all these buildings, all these physical classrooms — why with all the technology you have?” Cuomo asked during Tuesday’s COVID-19 daily briefing.
Cuomo emphasized the need for developing technology in New York schools in the aftermath of the Coronavirus panic. The governor mentioned that the state would study the benefits of technology in the schools, including ‘providing more opportunities to students, reducing educational inequalities, and supporting social distancing rules,’ according to Syracuse.com.
New York will work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a blueprint to “reimagine education” in the COVID-19 era.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 5, 2020
However, not all are enamored of the state partnering with the Gates Foundation in this potential educational transformation. The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) union issued a statement of the possible ‘new normal’.
The statement read, “NYSUT believes in the education of the whole child. Remote learning, in any form, will never replace the important personal connection between teachers and their students.”
Gates Foundation and Education
This is not the first rodeo with the educational system for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Their foundation has a specific educational component to their overall foundation. On the foundation’s website, there is a specified page that focuses on K-12 education.
The foundation’s stated goal for K-12 education states, “Significantly increase the number of black, Latino, and low-income students who earn a diploma, enroll in a postsecondary institution, and are on track in their first year to obtain a credential with labor-market value.”
Despite the lofty humanitarian goals, the Gates Foundation, a proponent of Barack Obama’s failed Common Core program, does not have a stellar history while intervening in the educational system. In 2009-10, the foundation implemented the Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching initiative to improve student outcomes through effective teaching.
After seven years, the RAND corporation published results of a study pertaining to the Gates Foundation’s initiative. It was found that the initiative ‘didn’t improve student graduation rates or schools’ ability to retain effective teachers’, according to Business Insider. Although the Gates Foundation provided some funds for the initiative, taxpayers were billed $300 million for the program.
Bill Gates’ involvement in transforming public schools might have a more sinister aspect. In 2012, his foundation gave $1.2 million in grants to colleges to test his ‘Q Sensors’ in middle schools. The Q Sensors are designed to emotional arousal in real-world settings. This device would enable ‘teachers to see, in real time, which kids are tuned in and which are zoned out,’ according to Reuters.
Whereas Bill Gates might present himself as a savior of the educational system, he eventually might try to establish a ‘Big Brother’ facet to the students across the nation.