Sunday, November 29, 2009

Interesting Interview



This morning I watched an Interview with Scott Oki, a former senior vise-president of sales and marketing for Microsoft. He has wrote a book about our schools here in America, titled Outrageous Teaching. I hope to get a copy of this book to read for myself, I found the Interview very informative.

I think the piece that I took away the most from this Interview is something I have felt for a long time, That we need to take the decision making of how our children are educated away from the bureaucracies and put it back into the classroom where the teachers can make choices on how to teach based on each individual student.

He spoke a lot about our schools here in Washington, but made various comments about all the schools in the United States, and compared them to what other countries do. In contrast to Australia he pointed out that their schools run 3 teachers to 1 non teacher, where here in the US we are lucky to have 1 teacher to 1 non teacher.

You can go here to see the full Interview for yourself. I can’t say that I agreed 100% with all his views, but I felt that he made some very good points to our failing school system.

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  1. That does look like an interesting book. I'm going to have to see if I can find it.

  2. Wow! I am amazed that folks don't see that school is a business to make money for the big wigs.

    Great new look on your blog by the way!