Good morning, Bill and Melinda ~
Katie and I have just posted a note to you on your blog, Impatient Optimists. Our note follows:
On June 8, 2012, Linda Shaw of the Seattle Times put you on the front page with a friend of mine, Anthony Cody, in an article titled: “Gates Foundation Looking to Make Nice with Teachers”.
I am posting our invitation to you to dialogue with real teachers across the world here, because despite sending you our Teachers’ Letters to Bill Gates to @BillGates, @GatesEd,and also to @GatesFoundation via Twitter since our blog began, we have not heard a response from you. We want the seat at the table with you that is discussed in the Seattle Times article, because frankly, it is OUR table. Teachers have been asking you some very good questions on our blog and have shared their heartfelt, honest stories with you. We recommend this blog as part of your summer reading list. On behalf of public school teaches around the world, Katie and I invite you to talk with us, to visit our classrooms, to read our blog, and to answer the questions real teachers have for you.
Please find our invitation to you below:
Dear Bill and Melinda ~
We would like to invite you to engage in dialogue with school teachers from the US and around the world about the very broad topic of public education.
It has not gone unnoticed that you have used your vast wealth and power to create corporate education reforms without the democratic process that should include the voices of millions of professional public school educators, administrators, parents, students, and community members, both in our country and around the world.
We would appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule to respond to our letters. We invite readers to share their letters, which we will re-blog to engage you both, and to create an archive of this democratic process.We hope that you will find that we can participate in a dialogue that is respectful, yet still allows us to express dissent with your influence on policies that impact our students’ lives, our professions, our daily lives, our schools, and our communities.
We have been silenced too long and we may have some pent up emotions to express. We invite our readers to join in the conversation, which we hope will ultimately result in a positive influence on public education as a whole.
We thank you in advance as we truly hope to have a rich ongoing discussion with you about public education. Will you join us?
Teachers’ Letters To Bill Gates
Thank you for your time and we look forward to talking with you soon.
Susan DuFresne, BA of Ed, Dual Endorsed Special Education/General Education Kindergarten Teacher – Co-Founder of Teachers’ Letters to Bill Gates
Katie Lapham, BA in History, MA in Latin American History, MST in Bilingual Childhood Education, Dual Certification: Common Branch with bilingual extension and ESL license, Co-founders of Teachers’ Letters to Bill Gates
and all of the teachers who want a seat at the table and are contributing to Teachers’ Letters to Bill Gates
P.S. You can reach all of us through commenting on our blog here.