Posts tagged: Bill Gates
The Washington Post has published an extensive story tracing the role of Bill Gates in the Common Core state standards for school student achievement; it’s online here, under the headline, “How Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution.” The article, which calls the standards “one of the swiftest and most remarkable shifts in education policy in U.S. history,” quotes Gates saying, “At the end of the day, I don’t think wanting education to be better is a right-wing or left-wing thing.”
Though the standards have recently drawn opposition from tea party groups, the article notes they initially had wide support from across the political spectrum. “The math standards require students to learn multiple ways to solve problems and explain how they got their answers, while the English standards emphasize nonfiction and expect students to use evidence to back up oral and written arguments,” the Post reports. “The standards are not a curriculum but skills that students should acquire at each grade. How they are taught and materials used are decisions left to states and school districts.” Betsy Russell, EOB
Interesting quote from Gates. Should making education better be a partisan thing?
Bill Gates tops this year's Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans with a net worth calculated at $59 billion. Forbes says the Microsoft co-founder saw his wealth increase by $5 billion from last year. Investor Warren Buffett ranks second with a fortune of $39 billion, though Forbes says the Berkshire Hathaway Inc. chief executive's wealth shrank by $6 billion from a year ago. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison rounds out the top three with a net worth of $33 billion, a $6 billion increase from last year/AP. More here. (AP file photo, of Bill Gates)
Question: Anyone know how much Duane Hagadone is worth?
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates shakes hands with Boy Scouts who are in the same troop that he was in as a boy, after being presented with the Boy Scouts Silver Buffalo award today in Seattle. Scout officials said Gates deserves the Silver Buffalo award for his success with Microsoft Corp., but more so for his humanitarian work through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As a boy in the 1960s and ‘70s, Gates was a member of a Seattle’s Cub Scout Pack 144 and Boy Scout Troop 186, achieving the rank of Life Scout. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Ellen M. Banner)
Question: Were you ever a Boy Scout or a Girl Scout? What life’s lesson did you learn as a Scout?
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and investor Warren Buffett have encouraged other billionaires to give at least half their wealth to charity.
SEATTLE – Forty wealthy families and individuals have joined Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates and billionaire investor Warren Buffett in a pledge to give at least half their wealth to charity.
Six weeks after launching a campaign to get other billionaires to donate most of their fortunes, the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. released the first list Wednesday of people who have signed what he and Gates call the “giving pledge.” AP Read more.
What percentage of your wealth would you give away, if you could?