Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Our Top 10 from 2013, but Bill Gates is Still Not Making Nice with Teachers | Teachers' Letters to Bill Gates

Our Top 10 from 2013, but Bill Gates is Still Not Making Nice with Teachers | Teachers' Letters to Bill Gates:

Our Top 10 from 2013, but Bill Gates is Still Not Making Nice with Teachers

Dear Bill and Melinda,
As 2013 comes to a close, we thought we would highlight the top 10 posts on Teachers’ Letters to Bill Gates that most resonated with teachers and parents this year. Due to your continued silence, we also ask that you provide us with your beloved data – evidence – of the effectiveness, or lack thereof, of your reforms as they relate to the above-mentioned posts.
We started our blog to you on June 9, 2013 with an open invitation to dialogue with teachers around the world.  To date we have had 115,144 hits on our blog. We then thanked our supporters for publicizing our work on the Internet.
“Susan and I so appreciate Valerie Strauss’ Washington Post Teachers’ Letters to Bill Gates profile of our website, as well as Diane Ravitch’s strong endorsement on her blog An Amazing Website: Teachers’ Letters to Bill Gates.
We appreciate Anthony Cody’s recognition on his blog here: Bill Gates Discovers Money Can’t Buy Teachers.”
On July 9th, we launched a campaign, in conjunction with the Badass Teachers Association, asking teachers to write to you both to voice their concerns regarding high stakes testing. That day we had 6,959 hits, and we posted approximately 30 letters from public school teachers all over the United States.  These teachers were outraged and appealed to you to 

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