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View Diary: A partial response to Bill Gates' op ed about teachers (247 comments)

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  •  What I'd like to do is (6+ / 0-)

    put Gates in a class of 45-60 students and ask him to learn and be tested on a subject about which he knows next to nothing.  Let's say Arabic, Chinese, molecular biology, differential equations, music theory or anatomy (human, animal or plant).  Wonder how he'd fare.

    •  Computer science should go on your list too (3+ / 0-)

      We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard. - John F Kennedy

      by badger on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 10:41:18 AM PST

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      •  Yes indeedy (2+ / 0-)
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        Let's see how well he does at that.

        I have programmers/engineers in my family, and all I can say is that it was a really tough grind in school for them, and surely isn't an easy occupation.  Lots of pressure, high level logical skills required, as well as mega-ability to problem solve. Patience and sticktoitiveness also necessary.

        Furthermore, recruitment in this subject area competes with high-paying private sector jobs, so the professors left a lot to be desired so far as their ability to teach.

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