Gates Gets It

Bill Gates speaks out on the “technology gap” that will appear if the U.S. doesn’t improve math and science education and doesn’t encourage highly-skilled workers to immigrate to America:

“It makes no sense to tell well-trained, highly skilled individuals, many of whom are educated at our top colleges and universities, that the United States does not welcome or value them,” Gates said. “America will find it infinitely more difficult to maintain its technological leadership if it shuts out the very people who are most able to help us compete.”

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Gates also called on lawmakers to give more resources and attention to improving the teaching of math and science — knowledge essential to many of today’s jobs. Another recent federal study found 40 percent of high school seniors failed to perform at the basic level on a national math test. On a national science test, half of 12th-graders didn’t show basic skills.

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