Statistically, only 20% of students in the United States have received the type of education necessary to create cultural advancements and revolutions in software or technology.
This TEDtalk explains what makes a great teacher according to Bill Gates.
The current economic opportunities are quickly becoming limited to those with a quality education.
Glaring Statistics show that over 30% of students do not finish high school, for minorities this number is nearly 50%. If you are low income in the US you have a higher chance of going to jail then getting a four-year degree. Pay increases for the majority of teacher’s are based on seniority, continuing education of a master degrees or standardized test results rather than the actual learning or comprehension of students.
Sadly, the best teachers get frustrated and leave the system.
Great teacher qualities according to Bill Gates include the following: Help students know they are a success, despite economic challenges. Engaged in making teaching better through data, analysis, feedback and regular observation. Maintain a high energy level for a dynamic classroom environment. Kept students involved and participants in their own learning.