Commentary

You should be ashamed of yourselves.

Addressing the nation’s governors, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates delivered a scathing critique of U.S. high schools Saturday, calling them obsolete and saying that elected officials should be ashamed of a system that leaves millions of students unprepared for college and for technical jobs. Gates was speaking as the invited guest of some of the nation’s most powerful elected officials, at a National Governors Assn. meeting devoted to improving high school education across the country. “Training the workforce of tomorrow with today’s high schools is like trying to teach kids about today’s computers on a 50-year-old mainframe,” said Gates, whose $27-billion Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made education one of its priorities.

Read on, here. Many tech leaders have expressed similar concern about the state of education, which is a big part of the outforcing problem.

Ted Balaker is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and founding partner of Korchula Productions, a film and new media production company devoted to making important ideas entertaining.