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Solutions: Educating Our Children

Ohanian Comment: As you read all these pronouncements, billed as education solutions, think about whose voices are missing.

David A. Andelman, executive editor at Forbes.com, has edited a presentation called Solutions: Educating Our Children, which is sponsored by Intel.

Invited Participants:

  • Bill Gates, who needs no introduction ( Matter Of Scale: Expanding Educational Opportunities)

  • John Chambers, chairman and CEO of Cisco Systems ( Technology's Greater Role in Education)

  • The rest of the crew offer untitled commentaries, compiled from interviews:

  • Craig R. Barrett, chairman of Intel, talks about
    the substandard quality of US education: When I look at education in the U.S., I see a declining K-12 system that is losing competitiveness. One of the most serious issues is the shortage of well-qualified teachers, which is forcing many school districts to hire uncertified or underqualified people. This is especially crippling in math and science--two fields critical to future economic development.

    Here is an online response to Craig R. Barret's boilerplate charges:

    On the other hand, maybe all of your employees are raising their children to be plumbers, or dentists, or gardeners - anything that can't be outsourced to India, China, Shanghai, Taiwain. ln or Vietnam
    Maybe the reason you can't find US Engineers is because you're busy laying them off in favor of people in Vietnam, or China, or Shanghai.
    Why would anyone want to grow up wanting to work for Intel when Intel only wants cheap engineering from third world countries? Pretending you'll hire Americans is just cruel, how do you sleep at night? I could respect you if you admitted you're only going to hire from the cheap countries, but you continue to write articles pretending that Americans have a future at your company when every year you lay them off in favor of people that make 30 cents an hour.
    --Zoltan the Magnificent

  • Bryan Baker, thought leader and enterprise consultant for Xerox Global Services.
    Thought leader sounds so Orwellian. Didn't these folk used to be called futurists?

  • Todd Bradley, executive vice president of Hewlitt-Packard's Personal Systems Group

  • Cynthia G. Brown, Director of Education Policy, Center for American Progress, shows that the Center for American Progress, the so-called new way Democrats, have not changed their love of corporatism. Ask Barack Obama if these folk are still framing his education platform.. Here's how Brown leads off her attack on public schools: It's no secret that America's young students no longer lead the world in learning proficiency or attainment. Other industrialized countries in Europe and Asia have passed us by. She hints something should be done about tenure. And so on.

  • Clayton M. Christensen, the Robert Jane Cizik professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School and Michael Horn, co-founder and executive director of Education of Innosight Institute, offer a joint statement about the difficulties of achieving NCLB goals

  • Sen Michael Enzi, reaffirms his commitment to reauthorizing NCLB

  • Col. Dean M. Esserman, chief of police for the city of Providence, R.I., speaks for small, community-based schools

  • Mike Feinberg, co-founder of KIPP, offers a puff piece on KIPP

  • Taylor W. Lawrence, Ph.D., vice president of Engineering, Technology and Mission Assurance for Raytheon Company "where he leads its 45,000 engineering and related professionals, and Raytheon's MathMovesU program--to engage middle school students in math by illustrating the connection between math, their passions and interests and 'cool' careers"

  • Stanley Litow, IBM's vice president for corporate citizenship and corporate affairs and president of the IBM International Foundation, "which contributes more than $140 million a year to educational and humanitarian projects worldwide"; formerly, deputy chancellor of schools for New York City

  • U.S. Rep. Howard P. McKeon, senior Republican on the House Education and Labor Committee, affirms that the greatest champions of NCLB renewal are the business committee

  • U.S. Rep. George Miller, chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, calls for more rigorous standards

  • Jim Miller, executive vice president for products and technologies organization at Cadence Design Systems, urges a positive attitude about outsourcing

  • Michelle Rhee, chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools, is a strong supporter of NCLB

  • Margaret Spellings, US Secretary of education speaks up for the essence and elegance of No Child Left Behind.

    No kidding.

  • , Chris Whittle, founder and chairman of Edison Schools, says "competition raises all boats"

  • Muhammad Yunus, shared the Nobel Peace Prize. An excerpt from his book, Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism, is offered.

    — David A. Andelman, editor and many others
    Forbes. com





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