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Tue Feb 25, 2014, 06:00 PM

A Teacher’s Advice to Bill Gates

An awesome letter to the one of the biggest financial backers of the corporate take over of public education.

Dear Mr. Gates,

“I don’t know many business leaders who are satisfied with America’s schools. In fact, just about every CEO I know is worried that this country simply isn’t producing enough graduates with the skills they need to compete globally.” – Bill Gates


I find it ironic that you opened your notes with this remark just prior to a story was published about two hundred wealthy and famous Wall Street figures to the Kappa Beta Phi dinner in New York City. It consisted of a group of wealthy and powerful financiers making homophobic jokes, making light of the financial crisis, and bragging about their business conquests at Main Street’s expense. The reporter who witnessed this dinner didn’t mention any CEO’s worried about the plight of the American schools.

As a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Carmel, NY, I never thought about the need to satisfy business leaders. I focus on teaching students to value American History and to question the choices that have been made in the past. Since the Industrial Revolution, business leaders have been given enormous opportunities in this country and throughout the world. The technology has made American lives remarkably more convenient but certainly at a price to our environment and to economic equality.

As a teacher, I am worried that this country simply isn’t producing enough CEO’s with the moral and ethical skills they need to create a sustainable future. The news is constantly reporting on chemicals being leaked into drinking water or how the CEO of McDonald’s makes $8 million a year compared to his employers making minimum wage and yet nothing gets done to make it better. The Common Core Standards do not address how our future CEO’s will be prepared to make compassionate and ethical decisions that will benefit all of humanity.

The public is skeptical about Common Core because they see the individuals who are backing this privatization of education. The public views the standardized testing and modules being produced by Pearson Corporation as products that Americans are being forced to purchase. These tests will not produce the leaders with the collaborative and innovative skills to solve the problems of the 21st century. The public views Common Core as a marketing scheme designed to make a few CEO’s and the shareholders billions of dollars. Your foundation money has bought off our elected officials and teacher unions but the public outcry remains.

http://dianeravitch.net/2014/02/23/a-teachers-advice-to-bill-gates/

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yurbud Feb 2014 OP
phantom power Feb 2014 #1
on point Feb 2014 #2
Chef Eric Feb 2014 #3
demigoddess Feb 2014 #4
MyOwnPeace Feb 2014 #5
Mr.Bill Feb 2014 #7
magical thyme Feb 2014 #16
Hoppy Feb 2014 #6
yurbud Feb 2014 #12
LuvNewcastle Feb 2014 #17
DamnYankeeInHouston Feb 2014 #8
abelenkpe Feb 2014 #9
yurbud Feb 2014 #11
Jake2413 Feb 2014 #10
raccoon Feb 2014 #13
markpkessinger Feb 2014 #14
yurbud Feb 2014 #15
clg311 Feb 2014 #18
yurbud Mar 2014 #19

Response to yurbud (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2014, 06:06 PM

1. fuck yeah

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Response to yurbud (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2014, 06:20 PM

2. Bill, no point in being an engineer if you are outsourcing those jobs

You provide a disincentive to study for the technical degrees you say you need every time you outsource those jobs or bring in an h1b1 resource at less than the going rate just because you don't want to hire existing unemployed engineers

It is all a big corp scam

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Response to yurbud (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2014, 06:57 PM

3. Great letter. Thanks for posting it. nt

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Response to yurbud (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2014, 07:35 PM

4. amen.

eom.

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Response to yurbud (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2014, 08:05 PM

5. As an educator.........

I'd be sure to proof something that I was going to send out to the public:

the CEO of McDonald’s makes $8 million a year compared to his employers making minimum wage and yet nothing gets done to make it better.

That should be "employees."

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Response to MyOwnPeace (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 25, 2014, 08:36 PM

7. Probably was relying

on a Microsoft program of some kind to automatically correct the grammar errors.

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Response to MyOwnPeace (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 27, 2014, 01:30 PM

16. the opening paragraph (not the quote) seems to be missing a word, or something...

 

"just prior to a story that? was published"

I turned off my inner proofreader after that. But was relieved the letter is from a history teacher as opposed to, say, English.

ooooh, noooo...I just read the whole letter. On 2 occasions, the writer uses an apostrophe with a plural 's,' e.g. CEO's.

Luckily he hasn't sent it to Mr. Gates, but instead hopes that somebody on the internet will send it to him. Hopefully whoever forwards it along will first give it a final pass proofreading and edit.

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Response to yurbud (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2014, 08:26 PM

6. What is really sad,

 

is to watch teachers who were happy to be in classrooms and now, can't wait for retirement.

The school day consists of meetings, meetings, tests, meeting to discuss the tests, tests, more tests, meetings.

I got to retire when this bullshit was escalating under McChimp. Can anyone figure out how the dumbest person in the country was supposed to lead us to educational excellence? But then came Arnie Duncan.

I was labeled "Highly Proficient" in conjunction with the labels applied to teachers by Bush's program so it wasn't sour grapes. But it still was and is, bullshit.

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Response to Hoppy (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 26, 2014, 03:34 PM

12. being a teacher now is like being a doctor who can only give treatments dictated by quack remedy

companies.

If it doesn't profit the copper bracelet, magnet in the shoes, or healing crystals company, you can't do it.

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Response to yurbud (Reply #12)

Fri Feb 28, 2014, 06:51 AM

17. Good analogy.

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Response to yurbud (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2014, 08:45 PM

8. Thanks for posting.

I had to retire from the public schools to teach. I now have the world's smallest preschool at my house. I am in heaven, but I am scared about the future of America's schools, the future of an uneducated America and the future of my pension.

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Response to yurbud (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2014, 09:02 PM

9. Schools aren't creating enough graduates with the skills they need?

Oh, baloney. That lie was started to give corporations an excuse to lobby for more visas and offshore more work, both done to undermine workers in the US and bring down the cost of labor. Then corporations get to profit on the other side too getting paid to 'reform" our schools according to their standards. Are we supposed to believe if we create enough engineers those jobs will return to the US?

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Response to abelenkpe (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 26, 2014, 11:42 AM

11. and Americans who "don't have those skills" have to train those imported workers.

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Response to yurbud (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2014, 10:59 PM

10. An outstanding post

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Response to yurbud (Original post)

Wed Feb 26, 2014, 05:18 PM

13. Amen, sister! nt

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Response to yurbud (Original post)

Wed Feb 26, 2014, 06:52 PM

14. As someone once said . . .

Education is for life, not for livelihood.

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Response to markpkessinger (Reply #14)

Thu Feb 27, 2014, 12:16 PM

15. and Wall Street doesn't mind taking lives.

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Response to yurbud (Original post)

Fri Feb 28, 2014, 10:56 PM

18. Those who can't teach become reformers.

 

Every teacher I know is concerned about pretentious "reformers" who know nothing about teaching.

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Response to clg311 (Reply #18)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 03:01 PM

19. the rest are either afraid or failing the Milgram experiment.

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