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TV: "TED Talks Education" On PBS Next Month

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A couple of weeks from now will be the broadcast premier for the PBS "TED Talks Education" which is slated to include talks from familiar names (Bill Gates, Geoffrey Canada) and new ones -- to me, at least (Angela Duckworth , Ramsay Musallam, and Pearl Arrendondo, among others).

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I really enjoy the TED talk’s podcast. I truly hope the education version as insightful as the original. It should bring many differant views from many different back grounds on what to do about education in America. That is the only way to solve such a complex problem.

Having Bill Gates talk about education is like having Ted Bundy talk
about women's rights, the prognosticators only revealing the core of
their evil. Education for Bill Gates is like his company, not meant to
empower creative individuals but to build monoliths of bureaucratic
automatons.

Curiously, the evidence to both of these malicious individuals arises from the same educational institution, the University of Washington, most notably its School of Law - where the politico Bundy was given free reign and the local lobbyist/bond underwriter firm of Gates Sr made, tellingly, one of its first pre-Foundation forays into 'public relations'. That's a subject I've written on, a story also picked up by the more mainstream Rick Anderson, in the Seattle Weekly.

http://www.motleytools.com/blog/1997/02/leveraging_the_law_through_the.html

In general the Microsoft Corporation has engaged in employment practices
that make second class citizens of many, many individuals - illegal
corporate immigrants, if you will. This can be seen from the beginning
in the 1990's class action 'perma-temp' lawsuits against both Microsoft
and the local County Government.

http://www.bs-s.com/cases/c-microsoft-vizcaino.html

http://www.bs-s.com/cases/c-kingcounty-clark.html

Most recently, Chief Counsel Brad Smith - emerging as the visible civic
leader for the Corporation on a number of topics - has generated press
in his support for the single employer H1-B visa program - while,
curiously doing so very little to actually support the training of IT
engineers at local educational institutions.

The fact is the company was not built by smart people, it was build by Lawyers stealing smart people away from other companies - just like they now want to
steal away America from its owners for the benefit of their Enterprise
level corporate 'clients'.The details, and FAILINGS of this
'legal' management style can be seen in a number of ways - here's one
I've written up based on the comments of one Jack Abramoff - himself
known for a bit of untoward influence on higher education:

http://www.motleytools.com/blog/2012/09/microsoft_and_the_law_firm_pre.html

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