NEW YORK -- This morning, Tom Brokaw talked with Warren Buffet and his wife Susie. They were joined on stage by Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation, in part, studies factors that make teachers great by using an initiative called MET -- Measuring Effective Teachers.
"When you say we have two thirds of our kids who aren't prepared to go on to college and they're actually spending their own money in college to be remediated of what they should learn in high school, we say ‘Wow, there has to be something different about what's going on in the classroom,’” Melinda said. "When you see a great teacher in the classroom, it turns out the kids actually know when they have a great teacher. And it's predictive -- how the kids answer about their teacher is actually predictive about how they'll do at the end of the year on the test. That actually surprised us.”
Parents, teachers and students are meeting with leaders in politics, business and technology to talk about education today and in the future. The summit runs through Tuesday.