Mr. Gates was recently interviewed by the Associated Press:
Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said Monday that the U.S. higher education system is the envy of the world but primary and secondary schools are failing to adequately prepare students for college. ... He said the U.S. education system needs higher standards, clear accountability, flexible personnel practices and innovation.
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Nothing new there--calls for accountability, higher standards, etc. However, what is noteworthy is the fact that his foundation has the necessary financial means to actually make a difference.