Tag Archives: Arne Duncan

Do Bill and Melinda Gates have the right to affect our childrens’ lives for an eternity?

Dear Bill and Melinda, You and Melinda went to school.  You have kids in school. You, Bill — are an expert at developing a software company, despite having never graduated from college.  Melinda, you are an expert at business, per your … Continue reading

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“What sober person gives standardized tests to a kindergartner? Ever meet a 5-year-old?” – Part 1

Dear Bill and Melinda, It is no surprise that 522 + people find the headlines to Nerissa Ediza’s tweet horrifying. Her question is so rational and yet, what is irrational is what is actually happening behind the closed doors of our kindergarten classrooms — testing … Continue reading

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US Department of Pearson: Thinking the unthinkable: Why Bill Gates and Arne Duncan need to go

Dear Bill and Arne, We’ve written a story that is unthinkable.  Or is it?  We discovered you and Steve may be bowing out of Microsoft entirely, but will you and Arne bow out of the DOE too?  Who will replace … Continue reading

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How to Create a Negative School Climate 101

Dear Mr. Gates and Mr. Duncan,               I thought I had better get this to you now while it is still on my mind. At the end of the last school year, I was informed that I would be teaching 7th … Continue reading

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You can keep WEIGHING the baby all that you want but unless you take the time to feed the baby, the baby will never gain weight.

Dear Mr. Gates; I have been a public education teacher for 17 years. I am a mom to two children, one in public middle school and one in public high school. I am looking to opt my children out of … Continue reading

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Mr.Gates: Read these articles so maybe you can understand how much harm you are doing. ~ dChristine

Dear Bill and Melinda, Please find one of the comments from Valerie Strauss’ of the  Washington Post’s, The Answer Sheet where she introduced our new blog to you and to the public today [Thank you kindly, Valerie!] While the writer, … Continue reading

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