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EDUCATION: Bill Gates ignores hard truth

Letter by Jo Benedetti , Lakewood on March 2, 2011 at 4:17 pm | 23 Comments »
March 3, 2011 9:34 am

I am sick of billionaires and business people believing they are the experts on how to fix public education. It’s especially offensive when the blame is placed on the teachers.

The lack of compassion, respect and support for public school teachers today is appalling. If one believes everything they read, teachers are to blame for most of the world’s problems. So why would anyone want to teach anymore?

However, what prompts this letter is the audacity of Bill Gates’ recent message (TNT, 3-2) that the one of the most expensive drains on the budget is the reduction of class sizes. He believes that if there is a “great teacher” in front of the classroom, the numbers don’t matter.

I loved that M. Morford’s Your Voice appeared opposite Gates’ opinion. Morford writes about his community college students who speak nonchalantly about their drug felonies, accidental gunshots and extreme poverty as if there should be no shock or surprise at these stories. The hard truth is that students struggling to survive will have a harder time learning, especially in a large classroom, no matter how “great” their teacher.

Gates needs to pay more attention to his Microsoft empire and quit telling us what to do in our schools. Maybe then my computer would run more efficiently, and I would haven’t to constantly click “Error Report” or “End Task” to get Outlook and Office to work properly.

It’s time that Gates performs an “update” on his own “error report.”

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