Bill Gates: A high school diploma is no longer enough to get the best jobs

( At the National Urban League Conference yesterday, July 28, Microsoft chair and Harvard University dropout Bill Gates announced that a high school degree is no longer enough to obtain high-paying, interesting jobs, reports Reuters. Though he left college in his junior year to jumpstart a thriving computer empire, Gates is now saying: "Every student needs a meaningful credential beyond high school."


Gates attributed his fortunes to his own education, supportive parents, and great teachers. According to the report, he believes that education is an "equalizer" in society and a solution against poverty. "Our public schools range from outstanding to outrageous and where a child’s school is located on that spectrum is a matter of luck," he said, adding that luck should be replaced with equity. He also noted that higher education is crucial for jobs.


According to the computer mogul, it's possible to have good schools even in poor areas. An important factor, according to Gates, is hiring effective teachers. "It’s about the way the teachers are picked, it’s about the way the teachers are encouraged, it's about the culture of the school, the high expectations," he said.


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