Bill Gates and Randi Weingarten Together On Fixing The Nation's Schools

12/24/2010 12:38 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Daniel LyonsDecember 20, 2010 Newsweek

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.

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