Social Justice, STEM and Gates

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Social Justice, STEM and Gates

By A.P. Dil­lon

How many of you missed the news blip Ben Jeal­ous left the NAACP to go be a Ven­ture Capitalist?

He declined to spec­ify his new salary but said it was about the same as it was at the NAACP — $285,000 in 2011, accord­ing to tax forms.

When he announced his depar­ture from the orga­ni­za­tion in Sep­tem­ber 2013, Jeal­ous said he planned to pur­sue uni­ver­sity teach­ing and spend time with his young fam­ily. But Jeal­ous says the oppor­tu­nity to work with Kapor Cap­i­tal was just too tempt­ing, putting him on the cut­ting edge of help­ing peo­ple who are slip­ping fur­ther behind as the national econ­omy grows. — CNS

Well, of course there’s the money. The arti­cle also says he’ll be com­mut­ing once a month from coast to coast. That’s pricey.

This isn’t just any ven­ture cap­i­tal firm. This one is about social jus­tice and is called The Kapor Cen­ter For Social Impact (KCSI) which is, in part, funded by Kapor Cap­i­tal. Kapor Cap­i­tal was founded by Mitchell Kapor, who some might rec­og­nize at the founder of Lotus 123 and whose home was the sub­ject of a law­suit. Kapor’s wife, Freada, is involved with KCSI but also with “Level Play­ing Field Insti­tute” (LPFI) which recently had Van Jones at one of their events.

KCSI and LFPI, from it’s ‘About Pages’ sec­tion seems to be very focused on STEM issue. STEM stands for Sci­ence Tech­nol­ogy Engi­neer­ing Math­e­mat­ics and, for many kids focus­ing on those areas, is a ticket to a uni­ver­sity. That was until Com­mon Core came along and set kids back in math — a real­ity that sup­port­ers won’t even acknowl­edge. In fact, Bill Gates is now so pan­icked over the oppo­si­tion, he’s drag­ging teach­ers in as human shields. Flash­back:

“It would be great if our edu­ca­tion stuff worked, but that we won’t know for prob­a­bly a decade.” – Bill Gates, Sep­tem­ber 21, 2013

Gates has Paul Krug­man Syn­drome. You know, that afflic­tion where because you are suc­cess­ful at one thing, you must there­fore be an expert on all other top­ics? Mean­while, Microsoft has bat­tled with more bugs in their never-​ending series of Win­dows revamps than peo­ple can count and Gates never fin­ished college…but he’s is an expert on how kids learn, or something.

Com­mon Core & STEM

So where KSCI and LFPI stand on Com­mon Core? That’s kind of a mys­tery given what I found — or rather didn’t find — on their web­sites. When search­ing KSCI’s site for “Com­mon Core” it looks like this group is not miss­ing the dol­lars signs. A jobs post­ing blog entry is what I found:

Cur­riculet (www​.cur​riculet​.com) is look­ing for smart, savvy edu­ca­tors, Eng­lish teach­ers in par­tic­u­lar, to write cur­ricu­lum for a long list of K-​12 books using our dig­i­tal read­ing plat­form. See the job descrip­tion here.

Cur­riculets are lay­ers of inter­ac­tive cur­ricu­lum con­sist­ing of Com­mon Core aligned ques­tions and quizzes, plus videos, images and text anno­ta­tions. We pay as much as $500 per book… aver­age length titles earn $250.

When I searched the LPFI site for “Com­mon Core” only one hit came back and it became clear that LPFI is very highly con­nected.

Just a few reminders on STEM and Com­mon Core from those actu­ally involved in it:

By 8th grade, Com­mon Core State Standar5ds will put our stu­dents about two years behind those of the highest-​achieving coun­tries.” — Dr. James Mil­gram, Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus of Math­e­mat­ics, Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity & for­mer Com­mon Core Val­i­da­tion Com­mit­tee member

“If you want to take cal­cu­lus your fresh­man year in col­lege, you will need to take more math­e­mat­ics than is in the Com­mon Core.” – Jason Zimba, Com­mon Core Stan­dards Math­e­mat­ics Writer

Just so we’re clear, here’s Caleb Bon­ham demon­strat­ing how Com­mon Core math is overly com­plex. Com­mon Core Math is really the old failed “new math” just recy­cled because… this time it will work or something.

Pag­ing Bill Gates! Those of us oppos­ing Com­mon Core aren’t try­ing to ‘send out kids back to what we had before’, we want high stan­dards but APPRO­PRI­ATE ones, PROVEN ones. Our kids are not code for you to play with. We’re not try­ing to send out kids back­wards, but it would seem YOU are.

If you enjoyed this arti­cle, you should really check out other pieces writ­ten by Da Tech Guy’s Mag­nif­i­cent Seven writ­ers and maybe hit that tip jar!

A.P. Dil­lon (Lady Lib­erty 1885), is a Con­ser­v­a­tive minded wife and mother liv­ing in the Tri­an­gle area of North Car­olina. A.P. Dil­lon founded the blog LadyLib​er​ty1885​.com in 2009. After the 2012 elec­tion, she added an Instapun­dit style blog called The Con­Mom Blog. Mrs. Dillon’s writ­ing, in addi­tion to Da Tech Guy’s Mag­nif­i­cent 7, can also be found at Stop​Com​mon​CoreNC​.org, Watch­dog­WireNC and Wiz­Bang. Non-​political writ­ing projects include sci­ence fic­tion novel­las that are, as of yet, unpub­lished. Her cur­rent writ­ing project is a children’s book series.

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By A.P. Dillon

How many of you missed the news blip Ben Jealous left the NAACP to go be a Venture Capitalist?

He declined to specify his new salary but said it was about the same as it was at the NAACP — $285,000 in 2011, according to tax forms.

When he announced his departure from the organization in September 2013, Jealous said he planned to pursue university teaching and spend time with his young family. But Jealous says the opportunity to work with Kapor Capital was just too tempting, putting him on the cutting edge of helping people who are slipping further behind as the national economy grows. – CNS

Well, of course there’s the money. The article also says he’ll be commuting once a month from coast to coast. That’s pricey.

This isn’t just any venture capital firm. This one is about social justice and is called The Kapor Center For Social Impact (KCSI) which is, in part, funded by Kapor Capital. Kapor Capital was founded by Mitchell Kapor, who some might recognize at the founder of Lotus 1-2-3 and whose home was the subject of a lawsuit. Kapor’s wife, Freada, is involved with KCSI but also with “Level Playing Field Institute” (LPFI) which recently had Van Jones at one of their events.

KCSI and LFPI, from it’s ‘About Pages’ section seems to be very focused on STEM issue. STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering Mathematics and, for many kids focusing on those areas, is a ticket to a university. That was until Common Core came along and set kids back in math — a reality that supporters won’t even acknowledge. In fact, Bill Gates is now so panicked over the opposition, he’s dragging teachers in as human shields. Flashback:

“It would be great if our education stuff worked, but that we won’t know for probably a decade.” – Bill Gates, September 21, 2013

Gates has Paul Krugman Syndrome. You know, that affliction where because you are successful at one thing, you must therefore be an expert on all other topics? Meanwhile, Microsoft has battled with more bugs in their never-ending series of Windows revamps than people can count and Gates never finished college…but he’s is an expert on how kids learn, or something.

Common Core & STEM

So where KSCI and LFPI stand on Common Core? That’s kind of a mystery given what I found — or rather didn’t find — on their websites. When searching KSCI’s site for “Common Core” it looks like this group is not missing the dollars signs. A jobs posting blog entry is what I found:

Curriculet (www.curriculet.com) is looking for smart, savvy educators, English teachers in particular, to write curriculum for a long list of K-12 books using our digital reading platform. See the job description here.

Curriculets are layers of interactive curriculum consisting of Common Core aligned questions and quizzes, plus videos, images and text annotations. We pay as much as $500 per book… average length titles earn $250.

When I searched the LPFI site for “Common Core” only one hit came back and it became clear that LPFI is very highly connected.

Just a few reminders on STEM and Common Core from those actually involved in it:

By 8th grade, Common Core State Standar5ds will put our students about two years behind those of the highest-achieving countries.” – Dr. James Milgram, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, Stanford University & former Common Core Validation Committee member

“If you want to take calculus your freshman year in college, you will need to take more mathematics than is in the Common Core.” – Jason Zimba, Common Core Standards Mathematics Writer

Just so we’re clear, here’s Caleb Bonham demonstrating how Common Core math is overly complex. Common Core Math is really the old failed “new math” just recycled because… this time it will work or something.

Paging Bill Gates! Those of us opposing Common Core aren’t trying to ‘send out kids back to what we had before‘, we want high standards but APPROPRIATE ones, PROVEN ones. Our kids are not code for you to play with. We’re not trying to send out kids backwards, but it would seem YOU are.

 

If you enjoyed this article, you should really check out other pieces written by Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent Seven writers and maybe hit that tip jar!

A.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog LadyLiberty1885.com in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon’s writing, in addition to Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent 7, can also be found at StopCommonCoreNC.org, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.

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