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synthesis - Gates for Education - Tax Refunds
Nov 26, 2010 (11:11 AM EST)

SEATTLE, Nov. 26, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The following blog post was published on November 24, 2010, by Shafeen Charania, author of the synthesis blog, winner of the 2008 Weblog award for best new blog, and's 25 best blogs of 2009.

In any normal purchase, we have recourse – if we don't like it, there's consumer protections ranging from lemon laws to warranties to the Federal Trade Commission.

America spends about $600 billion/year on public education – if that doesn't work, what's our recourse?  There isn't one.  Mostly because people who can argue/complain/legislate are already educated, and don't really have a vested stake in its improvement.

There is a way to change this – what do these people care about?  They definitely care about their retirement (Social Security and Medicare – SS&M) – so much so that their financial difficulties have made these issues a political third rail.  But there is a connection between SS&M and education – if graduates aren't making enough money, tax revenues fall, and contributions to SS&M fall.

Mapping a direct path from SS&M to education and getting the public to rise up about this is a job for the Gates Foundation – they have the money and they have the means.

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