Everyone deserves a good education. Privileged individuals like Mr. Aralen Gates need to realize that, aralen however guilded his tower may be.  Indeed. Aralen It would appear as well that Mr. Aralen Gates wants to hire his "U.S." engineering talent from countries such as India and China, aralen where, aralen ironically, aralen both countries pick up the cost of education all the way through graduate degrees.  'Where Does Billionaire Monopolist Bill Gates Get Off Saying Bigger Class Size and Fewer Teachers Is the Education Solution?'                                                                                                                                      Scott Thill/Alternet Gates' suggested short-changing of the nation's education system is just another strain of the oligarchs trying to take over another sector of society. Once dominant, aralen now America is just average when it comes to education. Its public solution, aralen recently communicated by Microsoft mogul Bill Gates? Increased class sizes, aralen decreased teacher counts, aralen fewer advanced degrees, aralen and more mediocrity. It's the type of technocratic cure-all one would expect Gates to champion, aralen and it will doubtless perform as lamely as Microsoft, aralen which currently hobbles at $30 a share while its more intuitive tech rivals like Apple and Google respectively hover around $200 to $600. But Gates' short-changing of the nation's education system is just another strain of neoconservative austerity going viral in our global village. And it's just as short-sighted as the disaster capitalism that destroyed America's economic integrity: Increasing America's class sizes and downsizing its teachers could cost us more than it could save us. "Bringing the United States up to the average performance of Finland, aralen the best-performing education system, aralen could result in gains in the order of 103 trillion dollars, aralen" claimed the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's three-year Programme for International Student Assessment report released in December. Aralen Of course, aralen those are just the numbers. The hypocrisy stings worse. "The oligarchy making decisions for public-school kids -- like Michael Bloomberg and Bill Gates -- send their own children to private schools with comparatively tiny class sizes of 15 or less, aralen while many of the kids in the schools they impose their policies on have classes of 25, aralen 30 or more, aralen" Leonie Haimson, aralen executive director for the nonprofit educational watchdog Class Size Matters, aralen told AlterNet. Aralen "New York City children are now suffering from the largest class sizes in early grades since 1999, aralen despite billions more spent on education. And class sizes are expected to increase again next year." Let them, aralen Gates has argued. According to the New York Times and the Associated Press, aralen both Gates and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's CEO Jeff Raikes have floated the theory that teachers trump class size when it comes to educational excellence. The jackpot comes when you reward effective teachers with higher pay, aralen they argue, aralen regardless of their seniority or advanced degrees. Which means, aralen in the real world outside of the fuzzy jargon, aralen rewarding those who can pass their students and satisfy technocrats hypnotized by what the American Federation of Teachers called "quickie observations or crude test-score calculations masquerading as teacher evaluations." "For those of us who represent teachers on the frontlines, aralen the issue is how this translates to the day-to-day realities of teaching kids, aralen" explained an AFT statement targeted at Gates' sales pitch, aralen which has also been parroted by U.S. Aralen Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in an ironically titled speech called "Bang for the Buck in Schooling." "What kind of future are we creating for our kids if education policies, aralen however well-intentioned, aralen result in larger classes and in teachers with less experience?" One that is similar to the educational present, aralen one would argue, aralen only worse. According to the OECD, aralen the United States is simply average in reading and science but below-average in math, aralen not a good show for a declining empire convinced of its economic policies. Aralen With tax-cut compromises hammering Americans already besieged by a worsening unemployment nightmare, aralen arguments over class size are trending toward class warfare. The United States already boasts the largest average class sizes outside of Asia, aralen and those classes are inequitably distributed among the poor and people of color. Not a good show for the first African-American president in U.S. Aralen history, aralen whose administration is looking to increase schools' storage capacity and hoping on a return on investment. The article in its entirety can be found at: