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Apple & Dell Square Off On Teachers Unions


Over at Eduwonk, Andy links to the back-and-forth about teachers unions that's going on between Apple bigwig Steve Jobs and his counterpart at Dell (Eduwonk.com: No Apple For Teacher). It's interesting to note that the Gates Foundation -- as opposed to Gates the individual -- has thus far come across as basically neutral on unions.


Note that the tech bloggers have been discussion Jobs and his comments a lot lately. Perhaps more so than the educbologgers. See for example Robert Scoble (http://scobleizer.com/2007/02/18/note-to-steve-jobs-unions-are-only-half-of-schools-problems/), Don Dodge (http://dondodge.typepad.com/the_next_big_thing/2007/02/fire_bad_studen.html) and me (http://blogs.msdn.com/alfredth/archive/2007/02/18/people-who-know-nothing-about-schools-telling-us-how-to-fix-them.aspx).

A lot of discussion about this in the tech blogger space BTW. Not many seem to disagree with Jobs so much as they see the problem as much larger than the unions. Or teachers for that matter. See these posts and the comments to them:
Robert Scoble (http://scobleizer.com/2007/02/18/note-to-steve-jobs-unions-are-only-half-of-schools-problems/)
Don Dodge (http://dondodge.typepad.com/the_next_big_thing/2007/02/fire_bad_studen.html)
My own blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/alfredth/archive/2007/02/18/people-who-know-nothing-about-schools-telling-us-how-to-fix-them.aspx)

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