Many approve of Bill Gates' latest words on education, but some question their source — Gates himself

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  • the truth Holladay, UT
    April 24, 2013 5:54 p.m.

    Teachers should answer to those they serve.

    The problem is the continuing loss of local and parental control of schools and the teachers.

    When teachers believe they are above those they serve and that they shouldn't answer to those they serve (the Parents and local community) that is a problem.

    Even those in other profession must answer for what they do, and can be fired or replaced on the spot.

    If teachers want to be like other professions then they must be like other professions,
    however, they serve to local people and the local people pay the bill, so they must be answerable to those people. Just like other professions are responsible to those who pay for their services.

  • squirt Taylorsville, ut
    April 24, 2013 12:39 p.m.

    AMEN to this article. Bill Gates has recognized the error of the previous track for teacher evaluations and has been open to the research and the affects of this narrow evaluation based on test scores. How refreshing to know that someone can admit their mistakes and make corrections.

    Being left leaning has absolutely NOTHING to do with this situation. This is an issue of those outside of education, once again, telling the education experts how to do their jobs. It would not be tolerated in any other profession from construction work to practicing medicine. It is time for education to be given to the educators. We are in this situation because that has NEVER been the case.

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    April 23, 2013 5:45 p.m.

    The people should knowe that Bill Gates father was an ACLU lawyer.

    So clearly Gates has very strong leanings and ties to the far left.

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Salt Lake City, UT
    April 22, 2013 10:58 p.m.

    Parents in the home have a lot more to do with getting good grades than teachers. How much focus on the family do we give as a society? Not much.

    Compare grades with...

    frequency of use
    how regulated the use is by parents
    internet access regulation
    nighttime activity on games, internet, t.v.
    husband and wife both present in the home
    how much time parents are able/willing to spend tutoring or helping with homework
    if the family is religious
    how frequently they attend church worship meetings
    how frequently they attend extracurricular church activities
    the employment status and length of employment status (or lack of) for both parents

    There are millions of things that can go on in a home. The brethren remind us every day of the threats and attacks on the family, both in moral principles and in what takes place in the home. Yet all the talk of teacher performance and the "perfect school system" seems to neglect the family as if it didn't even exist. Until the family becomes a key focal point of most educational studies, our research will produce nothing concrete or genuinely helpful for children.

  • BYR Woods Cross, UT
    April 22, 2013 9:27 p.m.

    Suppose I were a teacher, a very good teacher, my collegues support me, my principal supports me, I know my subject and stay current on it; yet, my paycheck, my career is sleeping on the back row during class because neither he nor his parents care. On this I am graded? I do hope that some responsibilty is placed on the student.