Blog posts from June 2010

June 30, 2010

With the launch of iPhone 4 this week, we move one step further along in the growing disconnect between the capabilities of technology and their prohibition in traditional factory-style of schools.

This cover of Education|Evolving strategy paper illustrates well the progression of telecommunications compared to the progression of school design:


June 28, 2010

These two articles from the Dallas Morning News explain Reasoning Mind, a program for teaching math that aims to personalize learning while increasing the interest and motivation of students, and changing the role of teacher from presenting information to guiding and tutoring.

The program individualizes pace and uses artificial intelligence to respond to student performance in real time. Problems come with step-by-step tutorials, and interactive exercises. Its founder argues that in one semester the...

June 25, 2010

Editor’s note: Each Friday we feature guest bloggers that are involved in rethinking what is possible with schooling and the education system.

This is a post by guest contributor Tim McClung, a member of West Virginians for Education Reform.

What is Possible in Public Education?

In West Virginia, I don’t know the answer to that question. It is not possible to spend any more money, regulation and legislation that we have tried has proven to be ineffective as a change agent, teacher...

June 23, 2010

By their early teens many young people are already living quite adult lives—in the home, on the street—looking not only after themselves but often siblings, neighbors, and their parents. Is it any wonder that young people in this situation act out, and check out when they go to school? Any school model that 'infantilizes' these young people—treating those who have essentially adult characters (or at least adult responsibilities) as...

June 21, 2010

There has been a lot of coverage and argument around Abby Sunderland’s attempted voyage around the world in a sailboat. All the 'reality show' questions aside, the societal debate seems stuck on whether or not a teenager should be allowed to sail a dangerous voyage. What if, instead of using age as a qualifier, we evaluated Sunderland’s competence...

June 18, 2010

Editor’s note: Each Friday we feature guest bloggers that are involved in rethinking what is possible with schooling and the education system.

This is a post by guest contributor Paul Hill of the Center on Reinventing Public Education.

With colleagues at the Center on Reinventing Public Education I am studying how big city school districts are pulling together many of the best ideas in education reform—small schools, chartering, more spending at the school level and less in the central office,...

June 17, 2010

This week Charles Lane wrote an interesting piece in the Washington Post skeptical of the terms being used to sell an administration proposal to spend $23 billion backstopping sliding school revenue. The administration hopes to save 300,000 teaching jobs and prevent dramatic increases in class sizes—both of which Lane argues are overblown.

The costs of running schools have gone up by 2-4 percent, but tax revenues have gone down. So there is disconnect. In the short...

June 16, 2010

The concept of cities and states setting up innovation zones—separate space for innovation—is taking root. The movement has been picking up speed, actually, with remarkable consistency across the country. If you haven’t already, browse the pages we’ve put together describing what’s happening zone-by-zone.

Last June E|E hosted a two-day gathering of folks from these zones in St. Paul, MN. Participants included teachers and union officials, district officials, some researchers, and policy makers. We learned that for those engaged in the work of...

June 15, 2010

David Brooks wrote a New York Times column last December about facets of an innovation agenda for economic reform.

Check out the seventh item: encourage regional innovation clusters.

Said Brooks, “Innovation doesn’t happen at the national level. It happens within hot spots — places where hordes of entrepreneurs gather to compete, meet face to face, pollinate ideas. Regional authorities can’t innovate themselves, but they can encourage those who do to cluster.”

It's interesting to...

June 14, 2010

Education|Evolving’s new strategy paper Innovation-based Systemic Reform urges policy makers, in revising ESEA, to think of strategy as a ‘split screen.’ The only realistic approach is to pursue our differing goals at the same time. K-12 education must improve both its performance and its economics. It must work concurrently for equity and for excellence. It must improve traditional school while encouraging innovation beyond traditional school.

The key idea is to let education change as other...