Bill Gates has wrapped up his tour of colleges in the U.S. On his five-college three-day tour, he urged undergraduates to seek out opportunities like Teach For America and other paths that may not be as immediately lucrative. He stressed that these careers can be just as rewarding and that fame and fortune will come if that’s the goal you’re after.
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The philanthropist and Microsoft chairman said he would like to see some of this [young] brain power shifted to issues like education.College students, with their youth and open minds, represent an important opportunity to get more people working on these issues, Gates said. Too many, he said, are going into entertainment and other areas. Even those going to science, he noted, are often working on problems such as developing a cure for baldness.
At MIT, Gates revered students going into public service, especially teaching.
The Boston Herald reports:
Gates hailed the 96 recent MIT graduates who joined Teach for America, a national nonprofit that recruits outstanding college graduates to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools. “Every one of those kids who chose the program would have had other opportunities that would have been far more lucrative,” Gates said.
He praised KIPP, one of the largest charter school networks which has a longer school day and longer school year. But he criticized teacher unions without naming them, saying they stand in the way of school reform.
-Portions from HuffPost