[community] Bill Gates - personalized learning within a decade (Reddit AMA, Mar 8)

Hung, Jonathan jhung at ocadu.ca
Tue Mar 8 18:53:34 UTC 2016

Bill Gates is doing an AMA (“Ask me anything”) session on Reddit and had this to say when asked:

"You have previously said that, through organizations like Khan Academy and Wikipedia and the Internet in general, getting access to knowledge is now easier than ever. While that is certainly true, K-12 education seems to have stayed frozen in time.

How do you think the school system will or should change in the decades to come?"

His response:

"I agree that our schools have not improved as much as we want them to. There are a lot of great teachers but we don't do enough to figure out what they do so well and make sure others benefit from that. Most teachers get very little feedback about what they do well and what they need to improve including tools that let them see what the exemplars are doing.

Technology is starting to improve education. Unfortunately so far it is mostly the motivated students who have benefited from it. I think we will get tools like personalized learning to all students in the next decade. [Emphasis mine]

A lot of the issue is helping kids stay engaged. If they don't feel the material is relevant or they don't have a sense of their own ability they can check out too easily. The technology has not done enough to help with this yet."

See the actual quote here:

- Jon.




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