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[Susan notes: Yowzer!

What a letter!

Thank you, Michael A. Bukosky.]

Published in New York Times

To the editor

We have heard the "schools are broken" mantra from big business for most of the last century. Industry titans like Bill Gates have reliably importuned us with claims that the schools of the day can no longer feed the starving maw of the new business model.

Thus starved, we are warned that corporate Goliaths like Microsoft will be compelled to resort to workers from abroad, stirring the fear that Americans will be robbed of their livelihoods.

Closer examination reveals that what industry really seeks is not bright and imaginative students, infusing industry and science with new ideas, but automatons, who will dependably bend to the corporate creed du jour and fill the ranks of the cubicled masses obediently and without dissent.

What makes America great has not been a national effort to graduate legions of technical engineers, but to educate children who can think for themselves and supply us with the sparks of originality that have driven this country from its birth.

Michael A. Bukosky

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