Bill Gates the Homeschooler

Just ran into this below in Parade Magazine [What I've Learned about Great Teachers] and was pleasantly surprised.  It makes sense if you have the opportunity to visit a giant particle accelerator in Switzerland.  His other adventures sound a lot like ours have been in central Illinois, except we've had numerous visits to the nuclear power plant simulator.  We have glowing reviews about that.

PARADE: You and Melinda have three school-age kids. Are you involved in their education?
Last year our family traveled for three months, and we did some home-schooling. I taught math and science. We went to the Large Hadron Collider, the giant particle accelerator in Switzerland. We went to a toilet-paper factory, a garbage dump, an aircraft carrier, and a coal plant. I also found great educational material on the Web, including short videos at

Our kids are excited about too.  I'm encouraged the Gates family has experienced homeschooling.

Update  One of my favorite bloggers, Californian Henry Cate, at Why Homeschool blogged about Khan Academy and a post that Henry's mother passed along.  That post, The Worth of Khan, was written by our Illinois homeschooling friend, Bruno Behrends.  It was great to see his name WAY over there in California.

By the way, Bruno posted this  Request from my son the Marine

Here's what his son noticed and please say a prayer for these Marines' families and so many others who lost loved ones far away and under horrific circumstances : 

Lindsay Lohan, 24, is all over the news because she’s a celebrity drug addict. While Justin Allen 23, Brett Linley 29, Matthew Weikert 29, Justus Bartett 27, Dave Santos 21, Chase Stanley 21, Jesse Reed 26, Matthew Johnson 21, Zachary Fisher 24, Brandon King 23, Christopher Goeke 23, Sheldon Tate 27, they are all Marines who gave their lives this week, no media mention. Honor THEM by reposting


Bill Gates the Homeschooler — 3 Comments

  1. But…but…but…Bill and Melinda don't have teaching certifications, do they?  What makes them think they can teach their kids themselves?  The audacity!  Gates is a college dropout, isn't he?  He doesn't even have a degree!
    Seriously, though, I hope they had a lot of fun.  I know their kids did and they learned a lot, AND, as an added bonus, they got to spend precious time with Mom and Dad. 

  2. That is hypocritical of them. They try everything they can to promote government taking over public schools and all education, private and homeschool. This is an example of elitism, when they think they can educate their kids the way they wanted, but others should comply with the government's standards.

  3. Thanks for pointing that out, Cristina. It's a significant point.  I thought about the Gates' family intervention into government as well.  I didn't go there as I was running out of time. Maybe some day it will sink in to his head that the life he leads and the education his children have would make sense for all in decreasing governmental controls over education instead of increasing it with universal preschool.
    The Gates Foundation started up a Thrive by Five program in Washington state.  His money changed public policy.  One man's opinion of how government should be run should not be dependent on how much money bureaucrats can snatch up.  In 2006, Washington's governor took these actions:
    Governor Gregoire proposes a $2.3 million increase to ECEAP. The legislature increases funding by $1.1 million and votes to establish the Washington Department of Early Learning with start-up funding of $1.4 million. The new department will administer and coordinate early care and education programs, including ECEAP, child care, and Head Start.

    ECEAP revises its program standards, including class size, child-adult ratio, and ongoing professional development. For the first time, children in the foster care system also receive priority in enrollment.

    Governor Gregoire, through executive order, creates Thrive by Five, a public-private partnership funded in part by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to expand resources and promote school readiness for all children.

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