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Scott McNealy discusses the GELC

Posted by rstephe on August 9, 2006 at 11:38 AM PDT

Forbes Magazine recently interviewed Scott McNealy, Sun Microsystem's Chairman, about the Global Education and Learning Community (GELC). From the interview: "'Math hasn't changed since Isaac Newton,' declares Scott McNealy. So why, he asks, is California paying some $400 million annually to 'update' grade-school textbooks?"

More recently, McNealy appeared on PBS' "Tavis Smiley" show. See what he said about the GELC in this video clip.

McNealy, who recently stepped down after 22 years as Sun's CEO, developed an intense interest in improving education as he watched his own children go through school. He has been the driving force behind Sun's support and promotion of the GELC, and is expected to formally assume the role of GELC CEO sometime soon.

McNealy is famous for his sharp wit and his Letterman-style top-ten lists, such as this one:
Students' latest top ten reasons why their homework isn't ready:
10. Tech support was for my pc was outsourced offshore.
9. Had to delete it to make room for my iTunes
8. Still hand-writing it, MS Office license too expensive
7. I emailed it…didn’t you get it?
6. Couldn’t afford HP ink cartridge
5. Took long to type on regular keyboard, can I text it to you instead.
4. Cut and paste keys on keyboard are worn out (Google, cut, paste)
3. Plan on “open sourcing” from kid next to me
2. Visit from Blue Screen of Death
1. The dog chewed up my laptop

The Forbes article can be found here.