The Teach Thought Podcast: Ep. 51 Featuring Anthony Cody – Is The Gates Foundation Really Helping Our Schools And Students?

From the Teach Thought Podcast – About Episode 51

Ep. 51 Is The Gates Foundation Really Helping Our Schools and Students? by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development. This is episode 51 of the TeachThought PodcastDrew Perkins talks with Anthony Cody about the second edition of his book The Educator and the Oligarch and new developments in the type of education reform led by the Gates Foundation.

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The Educator And The Oligarch: A Teacher Challenges The Gates Foundation ON SALE. 20% Off, $14.35 on Amazon

Author: Anthony Cody
(248 pp.)
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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

5 Star Reviews on Amazon

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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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