Did you see the NY Times article this morning, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Team Up to Disrupt Health Care. Ok, for one, this was under the technology section of the paper. (side eye)
But do you know, how big this is? I have so many questions and so many ideas.
Because I am always thinking about teaching and learning my first thought is, how are we preparing Black and Brown students for this new world ouchea! These 3 behemoths are going to turn healthcare on it’s head.
They’re going to provide, healthcare for their employees that is “free from profit-making incentives and constraints.”
I mean, does that mean that they do not intend to make a profit? Is this like universal healthcare for their employees? I sent the article over to my mom and asked her if she read it yet. Her reply, “so if all the companies do this, what happens to poor people who don’t work for a big company?”
She kind of took the wind out of my sails with that one. But I replied with, I think this is a grand experiment to force the hand of the government to provide universal healthcare.
And while she immediately thought about what would happen to poor people. I immediately thought how does this seemingly affect the children of poor people and what they will be taught in school.
In the statement the trio of titans released, Warren Buffett explained, “Our group does not come to this problem with answers. But we also do not accept it as inevitable. Rather, we share the belief that putting our collective resources behind the country’s best talent can, in time, check the rise in health costs while concurrently enhancing patient satisfaction and outcomes.”
Man, oh man, I find so many gems in this statement:
Our group does not come to this problem with answers.
When we talk about teaching our children to be problem solvers and critical thinkers when do we challenge them with problems for which we do not have the answers to and the audacity to try and solve them anyway.
But we also do not accept it as inevitable.
In my experience teachers can be the biggest naysayers in the world.
“It has always been like this.”
“This is too hard.”
“This problem is too big.”
Just yesterday in a session, I had a White male teacher bemoan that the problem of racism was just too big and he felt defeated. I had to remind him that enslaved people faced bigger problems with racism and they defeated those.
I wonder where is our wonder as educators. Where is our belief that we and our children are capable of CHANGING THE WORLD? I think it is our ahistorical understanding of the world and that we see history as only negative.
What if we believed as educators that NOTHING was inevitable. I mean Trump is yall’s president.
We share the belief that putting our collective resources…
Collective resources–now, I have been thinking a lot about capitalism since seeing Michelle Alexander interview Angela Davis this fall. Now I’m down for the great debate around unfettered and unregulated capitalism as one of the greatest evils in our world. And what I do know is that capitalism itself is not evil and that we can utilize a capitalist structure that solves the worlds problems and makes a profit.
I mean that’s what our Woke Cypha element CREAM is about. Capitalism on it’s face is not evil. Money is not evil. It is the unfettered, unrelentless, unregulated pursuit of money and profit at all costs which is evil.
But back to my point, these three companies can attempt this feat because they have money! Money does make the world go round and we teach and raise our kids with a distorted view of money. And we don’t raise them with a business mind.
What I realized very recently within the last 6 months is that if you want to be of service to the world, you do not begin with running a non for profit organization. You first begin with a FOR PROFIT business, which you work to become successful and then you open a non for profit wing.
You can not save the world if you don’t know where your next meal will be coming from. You can’t set your mind to do the impossible if you have to spend all your time begging for money.
That’s just basic baseline Maslow.
The country’s best talent
Now, here is where I’m most intrigued. The country’s best talent.
Who are they?
Where do their talents lie?
Are we developing the country’s best talent?
Ya’ll know that talent is in our classrooms, right? In our neighborhoods, including the projects, right? In our families, right?
Our country’s best untapped talent walked into our classrooms this morning. And my question is what are we doing to ensure that they get the opportunity to solve the world’s problems?
It surely isn’t having them fill out worksheets.
Jeff Bezos, owner of Amazon goes on in the article to say, “Success is going to require talented experts, a beginner’s mind, and a long-term orientation.”
I like that. I like it a lot. What if we thought about our teaching practice in the same ways?
Like Drake said, “nothing was the same.” In our New Century world we can not afford to teach the same way any longer.
Wait, one last thing. My mom asked where was this idea while Obama was President?Why they doing this now? I told her, whiteness supersedes everything.
But that won’t last forever.