Bill Gates talks about improving education through “higher standards, clear accountability, flexible personnel practices and innovation.” AP reports:
“Real accountability means more than having goals; it also means having clear consequences for not meeting the goals,” (Gates) said in a speech earlier Monday to Washington state educators who came to hear the results of an education task force.
Gates said schools should also be able to pay the best teachers better and offer incentives to attract people with rare abilities.
“It’s astonishing to me to have a system that doesn’t allow us to pay more for someone with scarce abilities, that doesn’t allow us to pay more to reward strong performance,” he said. “That is tantamount to saying teacher talent and performance don’t matter and that’s basically saying students don’t matter.”
He also spoke of some creative school programs — particularly charter schools run by private companies — that should be a model for innovation in the nation’s schools.
Gates is putting his money and his time where his mouth is. In mid-2008, Gates will devote full time to his multi-billion dollar foundation, which focuses on education and health issues.