Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Inc., criticized the impact of teacher unions on education, and Michael Dell decried education's often hidebound nature at an exclusive education summit on Feb. 16.

In a rare joint appearance, Jobs and Dell, whose namesake company, Dell Inc., is the world's No. 2 computer manufacturer after Hewlett-Packard Co., sat down with a small group of educators and policy makers in Texas to discuss attitudes on education and talk about ways schools can better embrace technology to improve learning.

Both entrepreneurs, whose companies rely on schools for a significant share of their business, said

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