Blog posts from June 2010

June 11, 2010

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

At bat this week are Dan French and Lynn Nordgren, who during an Education|Evolving meeting last June expressed their support for moving control over school form and function out to the front-line units, including teachers.

Dan French is director at the Center for Collaborative Education in Boston. He argues that, “only when you create schools that are empowered in that way do...

June 10, 2010

We wrote yesterday: In the current discussion about improving education the consensus is to build on traditional school. The initiative proceeds on the assumption that learning can be significantly better without school being significantly different. It assumes school in its traditional form, with courses and classes, teachers ‘delivering education’.

For a good illustration of the state of affairs, click here.

It’s a Microsoft “We See” ad for software. It shows a classroom, a blackboard -- and no computer.


June 9, 2010

There is a lot of talk about ‘innovation’ in education, with a lot of varying ideas about what it is. Our view is that serious innovation examines alternatives to the present way of doing things. Innovators look at the roots of problems, question whether present efforts can best address them, and do things completely different if necessary.

It is okay to try new things that are not yet ‘proven’ by documentation and study. In order to get big improvements people have got to move beyond the idea that everything must be ‘evidence-based.’

Evidence-based looks toward the past as...

June 7, 2010

A movement of innovation is sweeping the country as cities and states turn toward a strategy of creating different kinds of schools that customize learning, improve student and teacher motivation, and operate at a better value. This blog will follow the movement and report on its progress.

In a new paper Innovation-based Systemic Reform, Education Evolving argues that to improve public education 'school' as we know it must change. The system must be engaged in a continual process...