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What would you ask Bill Gates?

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Recently CNN asked their viewers to submit questions for Bill Gates for an interview that he was giving on Africa. Remember now, the more money you have, the more you know…right!?

I thought that I would pose that question to this “audience” in terms of education or any other subject for that matter since Bill does seem to know a lot about a lot of different subjects.

So think about it for a minute then ask away. Some questions might be posed at the March 1st Seattle Day of Action for Public Education event culminating at the Gates Foundation.


4 comments on “What would you ask Bill Gates?

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  2. seattleducation2011
    February 27, 2012

    This is not as much a question as a response to what Bill Gates has created in the US at this time in terms of education, a McCarthy era monster:

    Titled “An Answer to Bill Gates”,

    Why we should use test scores to measure teacher effectiveness

    Recent proposals and even systems in place that measure “teacher” performance using test scores have been viciously attacked by individuals and attack groups across the nation with nothing better to do than stir up trouble. It’s time to respond and show what these people are, people who selflessly put the future of children above the very principals on which this country now rests. Let’s take a teensy weensy look at how these detractors get it so wrong.

    Here at TeachMinus we all agree that the primary goal of American education is to produce successful test-takers. If that were not the goal, would not our Founding Fathers have not enumerated other goals? They did not not. So it makes no sense that test scores should not be the measure of “teachers.” Look at the employees of the great institutions that drive our great nation, like Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, and AIG, to name two. Success is measured by the size of the bond, not what goes into the bond or even what’s good for other people’s children. But there are so many other reasons to support performance evaluation:

    Learning is hard to define; numbers are not. So saying some children have learned more than others is really hard. But anyone but a few state legislators know which numbers are larger.

    Test scores use a readily available, cheap resource. No other country, not even Belgium, has more numbers than America. And for those with synesthesia, numbers come in different colors.

    Numbers are exact. Like 3.14. Numbers can be trusted. This reduces widespread paranoia. Numbers are only out to get “teachers.”

    We have spent billions of dollars and even a few days writing standards and curriculum. Tests don’t have to depend on such expensive luxuries. Let’s cut out the middle man. It’s bubble sheet – measured success. Nothing gets in the way.

    Further, while testing may require resources, like more computers, instructional and other resources can be kept at a minimum. While once we knew that a chalkboard and chalk were all that a “teacher” needs, they no longer need that. The length of school days and school years can be decreased. This will support new laws relaxing restrictions on child labor.

    Standardized testing supports our unique heritage. “Testing” comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “test”, which means “to see if something works real good”. Is there anything more American than work? This is why other countries don’t have tests like we do. They hate America, because they don’t like to work.

    Test scores are what the teaching game is all about. We are seeing a rebirth of the NBA with the emergence of a new star who has captured the imagination of fans and ESPN wordsmiths. Most are not Knicks fans; they look at only one thing: How many points did Jeremy Lin get? And how is his armor holding up? How many know what the Knicks won-lost record is? Or even care?

    Ask any NBA player “Would you rather lead the team in scoring or be rated Exceeds Expectations?” What gets you the Nike endorsements, points or assists? Did Bob Cousy get any money from Nike?

    Test scores are job creators; learning is not. How many superintendents get salary increases and another chauffeur because kids learned more? How many investigator jobs in the Georgia Attorney Generals office were created by learning? When we focus on test scores, the test scores focus on jobs.

    So let’s move forward. And let’s not make things complicated. There are those who support Value Added methods, rewarding “teacher” for student growth. That’s silly. Most student are growing anyway. Do you buy an iPhone because Apple improved it more than Sears improved their phone? No. You buy the sleekest looking one. Same with “teachers”. Test scores let us identify the truly sleek “teachers”. As we say at TeachMinus, you can’t spell success without tests,

    By Peter Smyth in Charleston Area Community Voice for Education

  3. seattleducation2011
    February 25, 2012

    Andrea on Facebook:

    I want to know why he’s advocated for, and allowed foundation money to pay for, sterilization drugs in the vaccines bound for “third world countries.” Where does he get off making life choice decisions for poor people?

  4. seattleducation2011
    February 25, 2012

    Someone on Facebook answered:

    So, Bill. If you didn’t have more $$$ than god, do you think anyone would give a sh!t about what you think?

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