McNealy, wisecracking and serious on education

SAN FRANCISCO--Educational issues were at the forefront of Sun Microsystems Chief Executive Scott McNealy's thoughts this week at the JavaOne trade show here. It's not a surprise, given that his sons are 3, 5, 7 and 9 years old.

There was the serious call to arms, when McNealy urged involvement in a project to create a shared online educational materials for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Then there was the barb at his peers: "Steve and Bill and Steve, they all dropped out of school early, but I got my degrees, so I got a late start," he quipped about Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who dropped out of Stanford Business School, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, who dropped out of Harvard as an undergraduate, and Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who dropped out of Reed College. McNealy graduated from Harvard and got his business degree from Stanford.

Then there was McNealy's self-deprecating humor: "I majored in golf."

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