What’s Going On With Education, Today?

A casual attempt to “catch up” on education reform (trends, state of the art, and status quo) results in a meandering exploration through ideals, and ends with an idea for how to get to the facts.

Ken Robinson: What do all high performing [education] systems do, that America does not?

Education in America happens despite the system we’ve built to encourage it. All other countries with successful education systems embrace these 3 philosophies, and prosper.

Easy to Blame Teachers, But Hard to Determine Causal Factors of Education Quality

In assuring ourselves education is the gateway an emancipated, equal-opportunistic society, we may be blinding ourselves to the continued existence of these inequities — specifically ignoring them as factors while examining variation in educational performance.

When you don’t consider the socio-political context, what else is there to blame but the teachers themselves?

On the False Myth of “Industrial Era” Education

Fundamentally, it makes no sense to talk about either “the industrial era” or the development of public school systems as a single, coherent phase of national history. History is not a storehouse of mythic images from which you can or should draw caricatures to make your point.

Well, people often treat it as such, and I expect politicians to use it in that way, but not well-informed fellow faculty.

Finnish Education: Topics, Play, Student Rearing, National Pride

The Finns are teaching topics/phenomena. No more of an hour of history followed by an hour of chemistry.

The idea aims to eliminate one of the biggest gripes of students everywhere: “What is the point of learning this?”

Susan Engel on Measuring Learning

What would happen if we changed the implicit goal of education to make happiness, rather than money, the graduation prize?

AltSchool: Classroom as laboratory

Operating our own schools is how we iterate and refine what we’re doing, and how we’ll stay closest to the school experience.

We’re a constant work in progress. But we think that as we scale, we’ll accelerate our rate of improvement.