Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Malaria and good schools. 'Problem solved'

Reader Rufus responds to Bill Gates with a comment on my Schooling in the Ownership Society Blog. This one is too good to leave in the comments section.

Rufus August 6, 2014
Gates claims it's easier to find cures for malaria and other diseases than to “fix” American education.
Neither of those things are as difficult as Gates makes them sound. Just look in Bill and Melinda's neighborhood. No malaria and great schools. Problem solved. 


  1. Yes, creating good schools is no mystery.

  2. As I stated on someone else's blog, there's a need to find/fund a cure for ebola. Gates alert--why don't you help do that? I'm sure that, too, would be "easier" than "fixing" American education. So--Mr./Mrs. Gates--hie thee to Africa, REALLY save some lives and LEAVE.OUR.SCHOOLS.ALONE!!!

  3. It is wise to acknowledge that we have a lot to learn from educators who can be writer, music composer… Physical world is limit, but our mind is limitless. When we die, we cannot bring our wealth with us, but knowledge and karma. The result of deeds in the past forms “who we are today”, and the result of all of our deeds in this current life will form who we will be in the next life. The universal law of impermanence, gravity and causation applies to all creatures on this earth.
    Any fabricated speech can fool the speaker’s narrow mind and ignorant audience, but NOT to speaker’s soul and NOT to the wise audience like experience educator.
    Here are some thoughts to digest (These words are extracted from:
    Arendt, Hannah. The Life of the Mind (2 vols. Volume I: Thinking, Volume II: Willing). Brace Harcourt. January 1, 1978. Hardcover, 535 pages, Language English, ASIN: B001RG9SBI.

    Man’s finitude, irrevocably given by virtue of his own short time span set in an infinity of time stretching into both past and future.
    However, all mental activities: it manifests itself as the only reality of which thinking qua thinking is aware, when the thinking ego has withdrawn from the world of appearances and lost the sense of realness inherent in the sensus communis (sense of community?) by which we orient ourselves in this world.
    Augustine … diagnoses the ultimate unifying will that eventually decides a man’s conduct as Love. Love is the “weight of the soul,” its law of gravitation, that which brings the soul’s movement to its rest.
    Somewhat influenced by Aristotelian physics, he [Augustine] holds that the end of all movement is rest, and now he understands the emotions - the motions of the soul - in analogy to the movements of the physical world.
    For “nothing else do bodies desire by their weight than what souls desire by their love.” Hence, in the Confessions: “My weight is my love; by it I am borne whithersoever I am born.”
    The soul’s gravity, the essence of who somebody is, and which as such is inscrutable to human eyes, becomes manifest in this love.



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