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Bill Gates, Oprah launch screamfest at high school

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 16th 2006 8:31AM
oprah bill gatesOprah and Bill Gates showed up at a high school in San Diego yesterday, throwing the student body into a frenzy. The two billionaires were filming a segment for an upcoming episode of Oprah, about Bill and Melinda Gates' efforts to reform schools. In 2003, the Gates Foundation gave $11 million to the San Diego Unified School District, with orders to reform three high schools. The district used the money to create six smaller schools with specialties such as business, international studies, media and science. Each school has about 400 students, compared to the 1,400 that were previously in each large school. Oprah and Bill kept the visit on the down-low, in order to keep the media-types away. They filmed segments with nine students.

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Kim

The biggest problem in schools is that kids simply don't care. I teach math in a low-income school district, and a frightening number just want to play on their cell phones and ipods. Yes, the same kids who have free lunch have these toys.

April 06 2006 at 5:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rosi

I think it absolutely wonderful that finally someone is taking the initiative and money to at least give Americas educatonal system a kick-start in the right direction. To say the way we presently have things set up is arcgaic, is a major understatement!!! The entire system needs to be revamted from top to bottom, starting with the teacher's union and their ridiculous tenure policy. Teachers should be graded and evaluated on a yearly basis, and when they are not doing their jobs properly, be replaced immediately! Teachers who are doing an exceptional job should be rewarded handsomely! (And not just with praise and awards, but with $$$$ as well!)
I hope this story gets as much, if not more, coverage, and national attention, as the ridiculous "fight club" story of a few 11 & 12 olds, video taping their fist fights and putting it on the internet. The media is in need of a real reality check, when they convein on a school, and consider it newsworthy, that some little kids are having a fist fight -- that's right a FIST fight, not a knife fight, not a gun fight, no blood, just your average, run-of-the-mill, one on one, fist fight! Shame on the TV news media for stooping so low!

February 16 2006 at 10:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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