Bill gatesBill Gates noemt de High Schools obsolete! Wow. Ik las dat zojuist in de nieuwsbrief van the Masie Center. Een gedurfde uitspraak. De speech die hij heeft gehouden mag gerust opzienbarend genoemd worden. Hier wat Elliot Masie er over schrijft:

“Bill Gates says High Schools sre "Obsolete": Bill Gates, the Chairman of Microsoft recently gave an incredibly powerful speech about the shortcomings and challenges of United States high schools.

Here are a few of his key points and worries:

– By obsolete, I don’t just mean that our high schools are broken, flawed and under-funded – though a case could be made for everyone of those points. By obsolete, I mean that our high schools – even when they are working as designed – cannot teach our kids what they need to know today.
– Training the workforce of tomorrow with the high schools of today is like trying to teach kids about today’s computers on a 50 year old mainframe.
– Only 1/3 of our students graduate from high school ready for college, work and citizenship.
– Gates suggests 3 new "R"’s for redesigned high schools: Rigor, Relevance and Relationships (with mentoring adults).
– Gates is urging, and backing these perspectives with grants from his foundation of $1 Billion, focusing on smaller schools, different forms of measurement and greater commitment to getting ALL students across thefinish line in terms of readiness for college, work and citizenship.”

De speech is ook in zijn geheel te lezen. En dit is de video van zijn toespraak (in Internet Explorer bekijken).