Can the billionaire philanthropist and the president of the American Federation of Teachers find common ground--and fix our nation's education system?
Our schools are lagging behind the rest of the world. Why is that? How did we fall so far behind?
Gates: Well, it's the big issue. A lot of other countries have put effort into their school systems. So part of it is the competition is better. The Chinese, who have a 10th of our wealth, are running a great education system. There are some things we can learn from other systems. They have a longer school day in most countries, and a longer school year in most countries. And some of them have elements of their personnel system that are worth learning from.