Debbie Hanninen Posted over 1 year ago Bill Gates: Teachers need real feedback Gates makes a lot of assumptions that are incorrect. If I had more time I'd watch again and address all of them. Let me start by saying Gates assumes there is currently not any feedback happening in the classroom. This is incorrect--I get useful, actionable feedback from my principal every year. And more importantly, I get feedback from my students daily as does any teacher in any classroom. I don't need a "proficient" score on any scale to know how I am doing--I know I am successful when I see engagement, motivation and success. When students are lacking one or more of these, I have to do something different, including looking beyond the classroom at factors I can't control and try to find ways to overcome these factors. I am tired of rich people, who never attended a public school, read a few books and think they know better than the dedicated professionals who sacrifice every day to help their students succeed. As a teacher I will tell you exactly what I need: a school where the whole child is safe, fed, nurtured and valued, with social services, health care, healthy meals, librarians, counselors, physical education, English language instruction. Then once those basic needs are met, give me a class size so I can spend time with each child every day. That's when you will see success in schools. But no, Gates wants to take the money that might help accomplish this and buy cameras to video tape my instruction because I can't be trusted to do properly what I have dedicated my life to do.