Skip to comments.Bill Gates Speech to National Education Summit: "I am terrified for our workforce of tomorrow."
Posted on 02/28/2005 9:06:06 PM PST by baseball_fan
...Americas high schools are obsolete.
By obsolete, I dont just mean that our high schools are broken, flawed, and under-funded
By obsolete, I mean that our high schools even when theyre working exactly as designed cannot teach our kids what they need to know today.
Today, only one-third of our students graduate from high school ready for college, work, and citizenship.
The other two-thirds are tracked into courses that wont ever get them ready for college or prepare them for a family-wage job no matter how well the students learn or the teachers teach.
This isnt an accident or a flaw in the system; it is the system.
When I compare our high schools to what I see when Im traveling abroad, I am terrified for our workforce of tomorrow. In math and science
By 12th grade, U.S. students are scoring near the bottom of all industrialized nations.
the U.S. college dropout rate is also one of the highest in the industrialized world.
In 2001, India graduated almost a million more students from college than the United States did. China graduates twice as many students with bachelors degrees as the U.S., and they have six times as many...in engineering.
The key problem is political will. Elected officials have not yet done away with the idea underlying the old design. The idea behind the old design was that you could train an adequate workforce by sending only a third of your kids to college and that the other kids either couldnt do college work or didnt need to. The idea behind the new design is that all students can do rigorous work, and for their sake and ours they have to.
(Excerpt) Read more at gatesfoundation.org ...
Bill Gates needs to know that homeschoolers are teaching the leaders of tomorrow. We talk about the "Old Media" on FreeRepublic. Perhaps we should talk about the "Old Schools" as well. They are a Socialistic experiment that failed miserably.
All going per the liberals plan, keep suckin Bill. You idiot.
Are their any data on the success of homeschooling in terms of going on to college or entering the jobforce?
That isn't surprising, considering their population compared to ours. He is correct that our education system does almost nothing to prepare students for a career. Hell, to a large extent I don't think college even prepares the students for the career they are there for.
What country are the best students from India attending? American colleges? The problem is, get the monopoly out of education. Give vouchers to parents, let them choose the schools their children attend. Of course what does Bill Gates know about momopolies.........I mean does he know they are bad?
Well Bill, if you're so concerned about our schools, why don't you start contributing more of your billions to them, instead of to all the other issues in other foreign countries?
Reform in America's schools is a practical impossibility, thanks to the Teacher's Union. My mother was still teaching back 20 years ago, and when she refused to join their union, they went about doing everything they could to get her fired. They never succeeded, she ended up quiting first, but not because of them trying to get her fired, but because the paddle was taken out her hand.
Step up to the plate Mr. Gates and use your billions to fund the under-funded schools.
That should solve the problem.
Another foreign system...I guess Bill doesn't visit Thailand
BANGKOK, Thailand - Forty-six young men preparing to take a military school entrance exam were caught trying to cheat using mobile phones taped to their bodies and hidden in their shoes and underwear, an army official said Monday.
There are so many classes I took that had and have no use whatsoever.
Maybe Prince Billy can use some of his untold billions to help fix the problem, rather than just running off at the mouth.
go to www.homeschooling.org
They have some studies.
Sure...go to www.hslda.org
Still waiting for Mr. Gates to stop donating large amounts of cash to the party responsible for the high school educations Mr. Gates doesn't like.
I am terrified of Bill's OS of tommorrow......
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