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Bill Gates Donates $20 Million to Education

Bill GatesBill Gates recently announced he feels that many students aren’t prepared to enter college. The answer? More technology training.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced on October 11, 2010 that it would donate $20 million in grants to businesses and universities. These grants will be used to develop online programs that will train students in the basic skills they will need in college.

Why does Bill Gates think all students need a basic and thorough understanding of technology? Simply put, students need to understand technology so they can compete in the job market. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Good Teaching Quantifiable? Bill Gates Thinks So

Bill-Gates-in-ClassroomEvery aspect of a student’s academic production is assigned a number. Tests get a percentage, papers and essays get letter grades. These letter grades are in turn averaged and become GPAs. Standardized tests place students in percentiles. These numbers become the foremost measure of a student’s abilities.

But how do we quantify a teacher’s abilities? Is the performance of their students enough?

It’s been shown that quality of teaching makes one of the biggest impacts on student performance. That’s why the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is launching a three-year study to determine the components of effective teaching. “Do they work longer hours? Do they break the classroom down more?” Asks Microsoft founder Bill Gates. The study is called Measures of Effective Teaching, and will evaluate 3,000 teachers from across the nation. The project will cost half a billion dollars.

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Bill Gates Thinks Online Universities Are the Education of the Future

bill-gates-says-eudcation-of-future-online“Five years from now on the web for free you’ll be able to find the best lectures in the world,” Bill Gates said at the The Techonomy Conference in Lake Tahoe. “It will be better than any single university.” He feels that the idea of going away to college will disappear relatively soon, and that universities will cease to be location based. He believes that students should get credit for their knowledge regardless of the means by which they acquired it and that the cost and difficulty of obtaining a college education will drive students towards online classes. One wonders if his opinions are not only informed by his position in the world of cutting-edge technology, but also by his own success without finishing a formal college degree.

He also critiqued our current textbooks. He found fault with their thick, heavy format and bloated content. “They’re giant, intimidating books,” Gates said. “I look at them and think: what on Earth is in there?“ He pointed out that in Asia, textbooks are a third of the size of an American book on the same subject. He said that textbook written by committee result in the addition of superfluous information. Along with all the other advantages that online learning has to offer, it’s no wonder so many people are choosing to take the digital leap. Read the rest of this entry »

Billionaire College Entrepreneurs Teach a Lesson for Success

facebookFacebook, Google, FedEx, Dell, and Microsoft are all companies conceived of by college students. Frederick Smith got the idea for FedEx while researching an economics paper whiles getting his bachelor’s of economic at Yale. Michael Dell began upgrading computers from his dorm room while studying pre-med at the University of Texas at Austin. Investopedia shares the key ingredients behind these success stories for the entrepreneurial-minded college student.

1. Fill a Need

What could you create that would make people’s lives simpler, easier or more enjoyable? This is a simple, but fundamental business premise. Mark Zuckerberg, perhaps the richest 26-year-old in the world, began with the simple desire to provide his fellow classmates at Harvard with a student directory that included photos, something that many colleges provide. He began by hacking into Harvard’s server to retrieve the images necessary, but soon got shut down by the administration. His next strategy evolved into the Facebook we know today, with user-submitted content.
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CEOs Who Didn’t Graduate College

Bill Gates, Chairman of Microsoft, dropped out of HarvardCollege may not be for everybody. Having your degree is very important, especially in this job market, but there are definitely some exceptions to that rule. There are a few entrepreneurs that have been incredibly successful and never finished their formal education. So for those of you wait-listed students who may not even get the chance to go to your dream B-school, you may be inspired by the following group of CEOs. Not only did they not get graduate degrees, they didn’t get undergraduate degrees – and some never even attended college! Read the rest of this entry »

“Work Hard. Be Nice.” Introduces America to KIPP

KIPP students at Ujima Village Academy in Baltimore.

KIPP students at Ujima Village Academy in Baltimore.

Have you met “the hardest-working kids in the country”? Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Bill Gates, Oprah and many others are counting themselves lucky for saying they have. They’re all big fans of the KIPP, Knowledge is Power Program, a low-income urban education program.

Justice Breyer met them by happenstance while heading in to his office one day while the students were on a somewhat disappointing field trip to Washington, D.C. After a teacher begged him to take a moment to say hello to them, he was intrigued when one student asked about his participation in the landmark case Miranda v. Arizona. Taken back, he said it was before his time, and became engaged. He’s been involved with KIPP ever since. Read the rest of this entry »


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