Garbage In, Garbage Out #EndHighStakesTesting

Dear Bill Gates,

As anyone could tell you in your vast huge computer software design organization, there exists a saying from the early days of computers, Garbage In, Garbage Out. Magical numbers generated from fantasies in the education realm are baseless and stupid math wise. When there are 7 family members to a room there will be a correlation to -that. Sixty minutes did a great show on a terrible aspect of our lives and featured a county near me, Seminole County,Florida. Suddenly, we are a nation of peasants and many of us and especially our children are now living under dyer circumstances.

At some point you were a dreamy eyed tow headed little boy. Imagine if you will that that boy had been forced into drill after drill after drill. As hard as this is to believe even you would have been so bored, so strung out that this child abuse was being instigated on you then you would have crumbled. Today,less than a fifth of the country has any wiggle room to do something when you have transformed schools into automatons that try to push and shove real human children into some such of randomly designed directions. Without science behind it you are marching them off to all points of the compass without understanding if any of those directions are totally stupid or even humane much less helping any aspect of our world or humanity.

There is only so much tax dollars. The financial meltdown did the moral hazard of having corporations grab those tax dollars. I do appreciate that corporation moguls understood that that well runs dry. So, analytically, it makes sense to divert. There is now a whole floor in a building in your company as there is in all multinationals for one purpose- a type of self aggrandizement on our tax dollars. No product need to be built, No service needs to be offered. The sole purpose is diverting from the treasury into the pockets of corporations. Lucrative though that may be there is huge collateral damage. Rubbing shoulders as a government contractor from the beginning then this is so hard to understand. You are being worse than the most underhanded drug peddler on the street to sell a false high. The snake oil drug is really the whole premise and the rickety house of cards built on the rotten foundation. To have a government contractor control the contracts through our system undermines the voice of us, the taxpayers and the people. You are stepping in and that collateral damage is that tow headed boy. Save him. You are destroying children. Stop that. Now.

Amanda More


**NOTE:  Teachers’ Letters to Bill Gates is not responsible for grammar or spelling errors of other teachers.  The voices of teachers are human voices that have been silenced far too long.  They are no longer silent here.  Please forgive minor errors and listen to the content of their messages instead.


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We are running for the following Renton Education Association positions because we believe in the following planks: Becca Ritchie, Candidate for REA President, Nelsen Middle School, Computer Tech Susan DuFresne, Candidate for Primary Executive Board, Maplewood Heights Elementary, Integrated Kindergarten ✅  Demanding a healthy work-load/life balance. ✅  Bargaining competitive professional compensation. ✅  Challenging the status quo test culture with: Less is more! ✅  Emphasizing our professional expertise. ✅  Prioritizing equity and access for all. ✅  Utilizing 2-way 21st century communication tools. ✅  Acting in solidarity with all unions. ✅  Supporting ALL members. ✅   Implementing developmentally appropriate K-3 curriculum/assessment.
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