President Trump is set to meet with Bill Gates on Monday, March 20, according  to The Hill:

White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced the meeting on Thursday at his daily press briefing but did not provide any other details.

The two previously met in December at Trump Tower.

After the meeting, Gates told reporters that the two had a “good conversation” and had discussed “innovation, how it can help in health, education, the impact of foreign aid and energy, and a wide-ranging conversation about power of innovation.”

During his campaign, Trump had mentioned Gates as one of the business leaders he would consult if elected.

“We have to go see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what’s happening. We have to talk to them about, maybe in certain areas, closing that Internet up in some way,” Trump had said about turning to the tech industry to help prevent terrorist groups from recruiting through social media.

 

There was no indication the meeting had to do with Gates’ insistence on directing public policy for education reform, but as he has invested heavily in educational experiments coupled with his support for common core state standards and longitudinal data systems, this might be a topic of discussion.  President Trump, look at this meme.  If ‘accountability’ is the goal of education from the Democrats and Republicans, the amount of Gates money spent on his educational theories for no educational improvement demonstrates he is a failure in the educational realm.  As early as 2008, it was apparent that Gates’ educational reform programs were not delivering what they had promised and the amount Gates has spent on educational reform from that time period can be found in this Forbes article. 

Financial information showing that Gates poured more than $2.3 Billion in Common Core initiatives is contained in Stunning revelation Bill Gates has spent $2.3 Billion on Common Core – #PARCC.   Additional information on the Gates takeover of education can be found in this 2014 Washington Post article, How Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution.

If the Democrats and Republicans are insistent on using data and accountability measures to determine if a school/teacher/student is failing, then the same accountability should be demanded from Bill Gates and other education reformers using tax payer funds in their experimentation with students.  Bill Gates’ reforms have largely been costly failures, and if President Trump considers him an expert in policy, he should know that in education policy, his data set for educational success is very poor.  Any other executive with this track record of dismal return on stated goals would be told: ‘YOU’RE FIRED’.

 

As an aside, when I initially tried to open The Hill article on the meeting between President Trump and Gates, this warning popped up:

 

A parent education writer and researcher commented about this warning:

Well… Gates is dangerous. Kinda fitting that an anti-virus blocked him. eh?

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