While he still retains his position as chairman of Microsoft, BIll Gates is less involved with the technology world these days and is more involved in problem-solving on a national and global level. As co-founder of the Gates Foundation, he and his wife Melinda have taken a three-pronged approach to philanthropy, with a focus on global health, global development and the U.S. education system.
In an recent entry on his website The Gates Notes, he wrote a review on a book titled Academically Adrift that critiqued the quality of American colleges and universities. Gates echoed the authors’ concerns that undergraduate students aren’t learning as much as they need in order to compete in today’s global economy.
In the following clip from the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival, Gates talks about another much-needed change in the American education system: the elimination of textbooks as a prime source of information and learning for K-12 students.