As it turned out, the wealthy foundation sent three poor souls to debate the Occupy movement. I should admit from the start that it wasn't a fair competition—something akin to the Varsity taking on the JV team; in our corner we had people who have attended public schools, taught in public schools, and are parents of kids in public schools; all they had were policy analysts and public relations specialists.
The most important point of the debate was made by one parent who locked eyes with the Gates Foundation representatives and demanded to know,
“Why should Bill Gates views matter to me as a public school parent? I actually have a B.S. in education. Does he have the qualifications to speak for me? I say no.”When it comes to education, the popular occupy chant gets the math problem right: “Ninty-nine to one—they don’t stand a chance!”