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Bill Gates, at the  TED 2009 conference:

"The market does not drive the scientists, the communicators, the thinkers, the governments to do the right things… and only by paying attention to these things, and having brilliant who care and draw other people in can we make as much progress as we need to."

He reports that 30 of US students drop out, but numbers haven't been reported because they were reporting only 12th grade dropouts. And if a great teacher teaches students, there is a huge difference.  Drop-out rate among minorities is over 50%

Also, after teachers teach for three years, their teaching doesn't improve, even with masters degree. 

On average, the slightly better teachers leave the system. 

He talks about how some teachers and schools are deeply engaged in making teaching better. 

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I've been volunteering with a school, Choctaw Ridge Academy, that does things differently, which is struggling to  stay alive. Bill Gates should help that school. It's model for working with the kind of kids who usually drop out or are thrown out of school, therapeutic community dayschool, is brilliant.

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Bill GATES? The Bill Gates who is supporting Monsa... by Nancy Miller on Sunday, Feb 8, 2009 at 10:58:20 AM
Govts never do the right thing. Nothing new about ... by Darren Wolfe on Sunday, Feb 8, 2009 at 4:54:21 PM
Bill Gates should use his fortune to subsidize AFF... by chugalugalug on Sunday, Feb 8, 2009 at 5:21:17 PM
This is one of the few areas where Huckabee and I ... by Nancy Miller on Sunday, Feb 8, 2009 at 5:38:13 PM
We don't need personal taxation at all--we nee... by William Whitten on Monday, Feb 9, 2009 at 11:09:13 AM
Any tax is still taken by force & is theft.Let... by Darren Wolfe on Sunday, Feb 8, 2009 at 8:57:42 PM
from hitting you on the head? A well-run governmen... by Daniel Geery on Sunday, Feb 8, 2009 at 9:33:33 PM
"A well-run government program", is an o... by William Whitten on Monday, Feb 9, 2009 at 11:07:26 AM
...guaranteed that there would be more asteroids h... by Darren Wolfe on Monday, Feb 9, 2009 at 7:22:03 PM
Thanks for taking the time but why post this as a ... by DC Rapier on Sunday, Feb 8, 2009 at 11:13:18 PM
Personally I'm not interested in mosquito bite... by William Whitten on Monday, Feb 9, 2009 at 11:02:24 AM