Speeches by Bill Gates - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: "When we looked at the millions of students that our high schools are not preparing for higher education - and we looked at the damaging impact that has on their lives - we came to a painful conclusion:
America's high schools are obsolete.
By obsolete, I don't just mean that our high schools are broken, flawed, and under-funded - though a case could be made for every one of those points.
By obsolete, I mean that our high schools - even when they're working exactly as designed - cannot teach our kids what they need to know today.
Training the workforce of tomorrow with the high schools of today is like trying to teach kids about today's computers on a 50-year-old mainframe. It's the wrong tool for the times."