BOOK EXCERPT: The Educator And The Oligarch: A Teacher Challenges The Gates Foundation

The Educator And The Oligarch: A Teacher Challenges The Gates Foundation by Anthony Cody. Winner of the George Orwell Award, given by the NCTE Public Language Awards Committee of the National Council of Teachers of English. “Congratulations, and thank you for your efforts to promote honesty and clarity in public language” –NCTE Awards Committee, NCTE. eLit Award Silver Medal in the education category. Paperback book on sale, 40% off on Amazon, $10.75.

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Author: Anthony Cody
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ISBN: 9781942146001
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Book Excerpts: Chapter 10: “How Do We Build the Teaching Profession?” and “Chapter 20 The Classroom of the Future: Student Centered or Device-Centered?”


About the Book

From the Common Core to test-based teacher evaluation systems cropping up around the country, to the rapid expansion of semi-private charter schools, the Gates Foundation has had a huge, largely invisible influence on public education in 21st century America.

Can a teacher challenge the wealthiest man in the world? Anthony Cody, who spent 24 years working in the high poverty schools of Oakland, California, has done so here. Education reform is the top domestic priority for the Gates Foundation, and this philanthropic organization has poured billions of dollars into reshaping American schools. This money has paid for research, advocacy, and a whole non-profit industry aligned with the Gates agenda. According to Cody, their chosen path of data-driven reform, centered on high stakes tests, educational technology and market-based competition between schools, threatens great harm to public education.

The Gates agenda has largely become the guiding policy for the Obama administration’s Department of Education. Gates-sponsored projects like the Common Core have support of major corporations, the Chamber of Commerce, and Republican leaders like Jeb Bush as well. In this book, that agenda is subjected to a detailed critique.

Book Reviews

Full list of 5-star reviews on Amazon.

Winner of the 2015 George Orwell Award, given by the NCTE Public Language Awards Committee of the National Council of Teachers of English. “Congratulations, and thank you for your efforts to promote honesty and clarity in public language”. – NCTE Awards Committee, NCTE

“A powerful and important book by one of the most courageous advocates for sanity and simple justice in our public schools.” – Jonathan Kozol

“This book is a record of Anthony Cody’s valiant struggle to force the nation’s most powerful foundation and richest person to listen to the voice of an experienced teacher.” – Diane Ravitch

“Anthony Cody’s new book is a requirement for teachers in an era defined by the Gates Foundation’s attempt to turn classrooms into a test prep centers.” – Jesse Hagopian

“Anthony Cody’s book is a timely and concise reminder of just how much of a spoiled man’s playground American public education has become to Gates and his profound net worth.” – Mercedes Schneider

“Anthony Cody’s new book The Educator and the Oligarch is a brilliant, point by point challenge to Bill Gates role in undermining public education in the United States.” – Mark Naison

“This book should be required reading for every policy maker in America. In this book, Anthony Cody has ripped away the curtain and lain the double talk bare so we don’t have to do all the work. There’s no longer any excuse for not knowing who ‘belongs’ to who despite their current titles and it should be plain what their driving motivations.” – Amazon (5-star Reviews)

“A must-read for anyone interested in learning how the Gates Foundation has influenced public education.” – Amazon (5-star Reviews)

“This book addresses the takeover of our public schools, the cornerstone of a democratic society, by private interests.” – Amazon (5-star Reviews)

“Anthony Cody, a real teacher with deep experience, offers a brilliant and mordant rebuttal of much of the Bill Gates/Gates Foundation led “initiatives” on education that are both myopic and arrogant at once.” – Amazon (5-star Reviews)

“Recommend all parents read this book – Parents take back education.” – Amazon (5-star Reviews)

About Anthony Cody

Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Anthony attended public schools there, and later graduated from UC Berkeley. His parents owned Cody’s Books on Telegraph Ave, for many years one of the largest independent book stores on the West coast. He has two sons, now aged 22 and 24.

Social activism was a family value, and led Anthony to get his teaching credential in 1987, which he used to get a job teaching science at Bret Harte Middle School, where he taught for 18 years. In 2000, he became one of Oakland’s first National Board certified teachers, and led district-wide efforts to strengthen science instruction.

In 2005 he left the classroom to become a Peer Assistance and Review “consulting teacher,” working to help struggling teachers improve. In his next position, he headed a district-wide mentoring program designed to support beginning science teachers, called TeamScience.

His blog, Living in Dialogue, was launched at Education Week/Teacher in 2008, and has won numerous awards, including a first place prize from the Education Writers of America in 2013. This blog has recently been reborn as an independent site, at He created the Facebook community, Teachers’ Letters to Obama, in 2009, and delivered strong messages of concern to the White House regarding the president’s education policies.

In 2011, he was among the core organizers of the Save Our Schools March in Washington, DC, which brought more than 5000 protesters to the nation’s capital. In 2013, he joined with Diane Ravitch to found the Network for Public Education, a national advocacy group that advocates for meaningful reform, and supports candidates willing to stand up for public schools.

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