Note to Aaron Sorkin

CJ Westerberg, July 12, 2012 5:08 AM


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What if HBO's Will McEvoy from The Newsroom
interviewed Bill Gates about education and innovation?

What if Will McEvoy from HBO's The Newsroom interviewed Bill Gates about education and innovation when compared to the interview by Tom Friedman of The New York Times - the  go-to guru about innovation - in the first video below?  One cannot help but sense the love-fest between Friedman and Gates in the first video where the viewer is left in want of more information, specifics and dialog.  Every topic doesn't need to be a prosecution in the McEvoy sense, but our news seems to swing from one-sided heated debate to one-sided agreement.    
I'm hooked on this new HBO series. Great casting, dialog, entertainment, and love the truth-seeking aspect. McEvoy's opening rant (2nd video below) from the premier episode, sadly singled out test score rankings as the main assessment of US educational prowess (really? argh!). Uber-writer Aaron Sorkin obviously hasn't been reading very deeply beyond some education headlines - here's one to check out, Aaron.

Reviews of this new show?  Dan Rather is on board, The Daily Beast says it's flawed. The New Yorker did a hatchet job as the show was being hatched, such as "Sorkin's shows are the type that people who never watch TV are always claiming are better than anything else on TV." 

Sorkin, you need some better people researching education.  I say cut Sorkin some slack though because he's on a mission here and is moving the conversation in a direction where it needs to go.  

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The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around them is that they are not needed, that the society will run itself quite nicely until they - at some distant point in the future - will take over the reigns. Yet the fact is that the society is not running itself nicely... because the rest of us need all the energy, brains, imagination and talent that young people can bring to bear down on our difficulties. For society to attempt to solve its desperate problems without the full participation of even very young people is imbecile.
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