Christian Long

Bill Gates: Mosquitos, Malaria, and Education

In TED Talks on April 13, 2010 at 8:35 am

Reflection by ALEX E.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Bill Gates:  Mosquitos, Malaria, and Education

As I listened to this video, it began to appear in my mind that Bill Gates does have a point of how mosquitos, malaria and education are all tied up together.

Now, what about the mosquitoes? That little annoying insect was once under control by use of DDT, but now is once again growing and is spreading viruses that can do harm since some scientist came out and said the DDT was damaging large bird eggs. Now since we have stopped killing the mosquitoes with DDT, the mosquito population is growing rapidly and with it malaria is rolling back in and beginning to regain ground and is now resistant to antibiotics due to the lack of interest in that area. The mosquito problem can be solved by using bed netting certain pesticides, but poor nations need help from the stronger nations.

In the poorer countries is where malaria still has footing, and that was were the richer nations started to ignore after their problems had gone away. Malaria has spiked since the countries with strong economies have stopped focusing in on the malaria and mosquito problems. This was because since malaria had stopped plaguing their countries, but in doing so, malaria has mutated and is once again on the surge. There are malaria vaccines, but we still have to make a combined effort to wipe out malaria just as we wiped out smallpox. Education is the key to the future problems that the world will have in store for the next generation.

We need a strong educational backbone to make sure that people will be able to get jobs and solve problems. However, the majority of students have a ‘weak’ education, and that education is getting even weaker. Now days, one needs a strong educational background to get a job, and this could be a large problem if we continue to not intervene. Now, how could we improve the education system? Some say they need more money, others say we need people with majors, but what we need is people who are enthusiastic to teach in a particular area and are good at it. Teaching rarely gets better as time goes on and a major does not guarantee that you can teach that subject, also you need to get the students attention, just like in the KIPP school were the teacher was running about and calling on students.

This video was interesting in the way that Bill Gates focused on just one problem than several, and how he presents a plan or idea to stop the problem from growing out of hand.


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