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Nobel Peace nominee: Pay teachers more, focus on mobile technology

Geldof says teachers are now responsible for all the “stuff we don’t want to do ourselves.”

Sir Bob Geldof—an Irish singer, songwriter, author, occasional actor, and political activist—noted during the Consortium for School Networking’s recent K-12 Technology Leadership Conference that the world’s economy is changing, thanks largely to mobile technology.

Geldof is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, an honorary knight, and recipient of the Man of Peace title, which recognizes individuals who have made “an outstanding contribution to international social justice and peace.”

“When I heard the statistic recently that 20 percent of the world’s population has a mobile phone, I thought ‘tyranny can no longer exist,’” Geldof said.

The only problem is, those who don’t have access to mobile technology—including students who don’t have access in the classroom—won’t be a part of the future, and as a result, the nation’s economy will be at a standstill.

Another problem, according to Geldof, is that while “those who contribute no social benefits get millions, teachers, who do nothing but provide social benefits, get paid ‘buttons.’”

Watch the interview with Geldof:

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Comments:

  1. nadinemolloy

    May 7, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Right on both counts!

  2. Portia Lewis

    June 19, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Bravo Sir Bob Geldof.

    Your comments about the teaching profession is prophetic.