“Just because something isn’t a lie does not mean that it isn’t deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction.” ― Criss Jami
So people, let’s have a chat about Diane Ravitch and how she treats you all like a big bunch of idiots.
On her blog today is this entry:
““Inside Philanthropy” has done investigative reporting and discovered one funder that supports the traditional public schools that enroll 95% of American school children (not counting, I assume, the 10% or so in private and religious schools).
Who might this funder be? Not the behemoth Gates Foundation. Not the billionaires Broad, Walton, Fisher, Dell, Adelson, Bloomberg, or Arnold. Not Ford, Carnegie, or Rockefeller.
You can’t guess. Neither could I. It’s a funder in the Bay Area working with real public schools in San Francisco, giving millions (pocket change compared to billionaires like Gates, Broad, and Walton) and committing their employees to help in the schools.
They are putting their money where the kids are, not into destructive schemes to disrupt and destroy our democratic institution of public schools.
Open the link to learn who has exercised common sense, good judgment, and performs good deeds. I name this level-headed, wise company to the honor roll of this blog.
If you know of any other foundations or corporations that are helping public schools, instead of trying to control them or privatize them, please let me know.” (Source: https://dianeravitch.net/2016/09/13/big-news-discovery-one-1-funder-that-supports-public-schools/)
Without telling you who it is, of course. She expects you won’t click the link to the article where inside you find that the “funder in the Bay Area” is “Salesforce.org, the philanthropic arm of Salesforce.com, the Bay Area technology company”. (Source: http://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2016/9/7/the-big-bet-of-a-funder-that-hasnt-forgotten-traditional-pub.html#)
How about these nuggets of info about Salesforce?
“Raine Capital LLC purchased a new stake in shares of salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE:CRM) during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC.” (Source: http://newstex.aci.info/view/d35b1ec5-853f-4f88-ba06-c3f0989221fd/154aa993cab00100002)
Raine Capital? Who is that? Why, it’s none other than Joseph Ravitch’s group! (Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/profiles/companies/1299972D:US-raine-capital-llc)
And lo and behold: “The firm purchased 80,000 shares of the CRM provider’s stock, valued at approximately $6,272,000. salesforce.com, inc. comprises about 5.2% of Raine Capital LLC’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 9th largest position.”
You’re all being duped.
It gets better. Suzanne DiBianca? She’s also said this: “This year’s Salesforce.com money will also help fund computer science curriculum district-wide and expand the district’s Zynga.org Game Design Academy.” (Source: http://www.sfgate.com/education/article/Benioff-takes-hands-off-approach-with-donations-6461045.php) Of course, DiBianca is linked to the World Affairs Council’s Global Philanthropy Forum, the Business Advisory Council to SFUSD, Goodwill Industries, and- you guessed it- Zynga.org. (https://philanthropyforum.org/people/suzanne-dibianca/)
And for fun, I looked up Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff. (Source: http://www.salesforce.org/about-us/team/)
$33,400 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
$33,400 to DNC Services Corporation. (Yes, that DNC.)
$5,400 to Paul Ryan. (Yes, that one.)
$5,400 to Hillary Clinton. (Yes, that one.)
And it keeps going: https://www.opensecrets.org/usearch/?q=Marc+Benioff
Bet Diane Ravitch didn’t tell you any of that.