In one of those weird coincidences, during the week that India was declared polio free — with lots of help from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, I had an opportunity to hear Bill Gates speak about education at a conference in Seattle. To appreciate the significance of this one only needs to ask a senior parent about polio and the terrible physical and mental anguish that this disease caused in our country until the mid 1950′s.
The picture thumbnail to the left is from Agence France-Presse. Click on the image to visit a large picture of these people celebrating the eradication of polio. To learn more read this Kaiser Daily Health article, India Taken Off WHO List of Polio Endemic Countries.
Below I’ve shared some of the interesting points from Bill Gates’ education presentation at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) conference. The foundation is no less energized in the area of 21 Century and digital learning than it is in international health. Continue reading