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The Excellent But False Messaging of the Common Core Standards

Diane Ravitch | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics
Diane Ravitch

Have you ever wondered about the amazingly effective campaign to sell the Common Core standards to the media, the business community, and the public? How did it happen that advocates for the standards used the same language, the same talking points, the same claims, no matter where they were located?

'Teaching People to Fish' Through Biotechnology

Richard Ha | Posted 07.10.2014 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

Can you imagine: Local Kohala boy Dennis Gonsalves working with the Gates Foundation to help save lives of the poorest of the poor in sub-Saharan Africa?

The Global Search for Education: A Healthy Start for All

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.30.2014 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

Poverty, ignorance, poor health and undernutrition trap the lives of mothers and infants in vicious cycles according to the findings of a Symposium on Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition in Emerging Markets.

Education Reform: A National Delusion

Steve Nelson | Posted 06.19.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

Every bit of education reform is an excuse to continue the unconscionable neglect of our children. As Pogo wisely noted, "We have met the enemy and he is us." We did this to our children and our schools.

Joy Resmovits

Alarming Number Of Urban Teachers Are 'Chronically Absent'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

Political battles over teaching in the last decade have focused on complexities of pensions, evaluations and standardized testing, often ignoring a ba...

A Dialogue With the Gates Foundation About School Reform

John Thompson | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
John Thompson

Once again, I would like to thank the American Enterprise Institute's Rick Hess and the Gates Foundation's Steve Cantrell for a dialogue on school ref...

Is the Gates Foundation Investing in the Abuse of Palestinian Prisoners?

Patrick O. Strickland | Posted 06.29.2014 | World
Patrick O. Strickland

Earlier this month, Palestinian human rights organizations launched a campaign calling on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to divest from the controversial British security firm G4S, which they say is "at the heart of [Israel's prison] system, installing and running security systems at Israeli jails."

World Health Day

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

The global health community has a huge task ahead in order to control or eliminate the worst neglected tropical diseases transmitted by insects or snails.

Gates Foundation Awards $23 Million For New Mosquito Control Method

Reuters | Posted 05.14.2014 | Impact

March 14 (Reuters) - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded $23 million for research being led by University of Notre Dame biologists to pr...

Inside the Politics of Breastfeeding Promotion

Shawn Baker | Posted 04.22.2014 | Impact
Shawn Baker

It doesn't make headlines, but every year 800,000 children under five die because of poor breastfeeding practices. Scientific evidence about breastfeeding's extraordinary benefits continues to grow.

Bill Gates' Rose-Colored Glasses

Patricia McGuire | Posted 03.31.2014 | DC
Patricia McGuire

To his credit, Gates is a remarkable philanthropist, and his generosity certainly sets a bold standard for all wealthy people to emulate. Nevertheless, his appears blind to the genuine suffering of people who endure poverty, even in the wealthiest countries on Earth.

Bill Gates' Viral Video Is Perfect

Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy

Bill Gates wants you to read the Gates Foundations' annual letter about global poverty... and to get you to do that, he wants to create a viral video....

Bill Gates: By 2035, There Will Be Almost No Poor Countries

AP | By JAKE PEARSON | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact

NEW YORK (AP) — Philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates pitched an optimistic future for the world's poor and sick in their annual letter Tuesday, ar...

Philanthropy as an Asset Class

Jeremy Balkin | Posted 03.16.2014 | Impact
Jeremy Balkin

Perhaps if the wealthy started thinking about how they give in the same vein as how they invest, we would make major inroads and solve big problems.

Expecting More: Rigor and Excellence in Our Classrooms

Isiah Thomas | Posted 02.23.2014 | Education
Isiah Thomas

We owe it to our children and ourselves to demand higher expectations and a system where all stakeholders, from the state house to the school house are held accountable when it comes to education.

Is measles vaccination the biggest unrecognized success in global health?

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

During an interview with CNN this week, Dr. Hans Rosling - iconic co-founder of Gapminder and professor of global health at the Karolinska Institutet ...

Condoms Don't Get a Fair Shake

Francis Levy | Posted 02.09.2014 | Comedy
Francis Levy

Condoms don't get a fair shake. No good deed goes unpunished might be said of the lot of the average condom. Now the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation...

How Bill Gates And Bono Teamed Up To Save The World

www.forbes.com | Posted 12.02.2013 | Impact

Forbes: While you two are an odd pairing on paper, I have a theory that you were separated at birth–there are more similarities than you might think...

Celebrating Women and the Dignity of Family Planning

Melinda Gates | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Melinda Gates

This week, I'm on a trip with two important stops: the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York City, then the International Family Planning Conference in Ethiopia. I can appreciate how this ensemble might appear to clash -- the red carpet next to the green-brown fields dotting a country that's 80 percent rural. But sometimes juxtaposing seemingly incongruous things can reveal an underlying truth.

Gates Wins Huge Award For Improving Millions Of Lives

AP | MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact

By MALCOLM RITTER/Associated Press NEW YORK — Two scientists who illuminated how brain cells communicate, three researchers who developed implant...

Gates Foundation CEO Stepping Down

AP | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact

SEATTLE -- Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Jeff Raikes announced Tuesday he's stepping down. The 55-year-old Nebraska native and former Micro...

How Far Did PBS Go To Avoid Offending A Sponsor?

The New Yorker | Jane Mayer | Posted 05.20.2013 | Media

PBS has standards for "editorial integrity," and its guidelines state that "member stations are responsible for shielding the creative and editorial p...

Bill and Melinda, Sex and the Condom Conundrum

Jim Moscou | Posted 06.04.2013 | Impact
Jim Moscou

For all its simplicity in use, the saga of the condom is profoundly complex. But one point is clear: The access to good condoms along with the respect for people and their culture probably trumps promises of high-tech prophylactics.

Bill Gates Will Pay You To Invent A Sexier Condom

The Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 03.22.2013 | Impact

Though condoms come in different textures, sizes and even tastes, these options aren't enticing enough to get people to actually use them in many part...

Billionaire Bill Gates Bashes Capitalism

The Huffington Post | Betsy Isaacson | Posted 03.15.2013 | Technology

Bill Gates is renewing his criticism of capitalism, joining a long line of anti-capitalist billionaires. Speaking at the Royal Academy of Engineeri...