Entries tagged Education
Think about your high school. No matter what city or town it was in, it likely grouped students by age. And offered an eerily similar menu of subjects — biology, math, history, Spanish — which met for 45 minutes or an hour. But why? Sal Khan has been asking some tough questions about education, and he's bent on re-inventing our system, one student at a time. Read more...
In our continuing series on American competitiveness - and whether America will still be the place where great innovation occurs - we’ve looked at transportation with Former Governor Ed Rendell and education with Professor Paul Peterson and former Assistant Secretary of Education Chester Finn. Today we ask: how desirable are American workers? And is that desirability threatened by gridlock in Washington? Read more...
Harvard Professor Paul Peterson and Former Assistant Secretary of Education Chester Finn have been studying the American education system for a long time. What they've observed is a disturbing trend.
"We had the greatest schools in the 19th century and the early 20th century," said Peterson. "We had elementary education before any other country. We had high schools before any other country. We built colleges before any other country."
But in the 1970s, the momentum changed.
For students around the country, the last days of August and the beginning of fall mean one thing: back to school. This season, shake-ups in the world of higher education have dominated the news--from President Obama's recent plan to cut college costs to changes in student loan laws. In this College 2.0 Labor Day Special, we asked a panel of experts how the rise of technology in the classroom and innovative new methods of instruction may actually dismantle the concept of the "classroom" as we know it. This year, as students haul futons and mini fridges into dorms, consider the possibility that they're an endangered species. One day, frisbee-playing and reading on the quad may be little more than a hazy memory - a symbol of a time before college went high-tech.
Seth Godin is a fantastically successful entrepreneur who — in his own words — has been thrown out of offices, looked at like he’s crazy, and generally refused to follow the crowd. It’s the personal history you might expect from someone whose latest book, “The Icarus Deception,” argues that those who don’t innovate and think creatively will be left behind by the Internet generation. In 1998, Yahoo paid $30 million for the marketing company Godin started on a shoestring and made him a Vice President. But Godin soon left Yahoo, wrote bestselling books about the new innovation economy and spoke at companies like Disney, Amazon, and Google — and he wants American education to encourage similar risks.