7 Reasons For Social Innovation Optimism

7 Reasons For Social Innovation Optimism

Comb through the statistics on poverty, education, and other social indicators in America and you won’t find yourself wanting for sobering information. Nearly 50 million Americans are living in poverty. Low-income kids are stuck in low-performing schools. Unemployment rates among minorities, particularly young people, remain stubbornly high. Approximately 70% of incarcerated people are re-arrested within a few years of their release.  […]

 

How 21st Century Technology is Changing Education

How 21st Century Technology is Changing Education

Today was the last day of the public school year here in Toronto. The youngsters are out for the summer holidays and that has made me think about just how much longer this education paradigm we have created will last. Schools today are not too […]

 

We need more humanities majors

We need more humanities majors

It has become oddly fashionable to look down on the humanities over the last few decades. Today’s students are being told that studying the classics of English literature, the history of the twentieth century, or the ethics of privacy are a fun but useless luxury. To best prioritize our scarce education resources, we ought instead to focus on technical subjects such as math and engineering.  […]

 

Business, society, and the future of capitalism

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Capitalism has served us enormously well. Yet while it has helped to reduce global poverty and expand access to health care and education, it has come at an enormous cost: unsustainable levels of public and private debt, excessive consumerism, and, frankly, too many people who are left behind. Any […]

 

A Vision of the Future From Those Likely to Invent It

A Vision of the Future From Those Likely to Invent It

From employment to leisure and transportation to education, tech is changing the world at a faster pace than ever before. Already, people wear computers on their faces, robots scurry through factories and battlefields and driverless cars dot the highway that cuts through Silicon Valley. Almost two-thirds of Americans think […]

 

Science Says Art Will Make Your Kids Better Thinkers (and Nicer People)

Science Says Art Will Make Your Kids Better Thinkers (and Nicer People)

Those who would consider themselves part of the creative class would probably agree that art is an important part of primary school education. Since school boards concerned about the bottom line don’t necessarily agree, a team of social scientists at the University of Arkansas is trying to scientifically prove the benefits of exposure to art. What they found, in a recent study published in the journals Education Next and Educational Researcher, is that students who are exposed to cultural institutions, like museums and performing arts centers, not only have higher levels of engagement with the arts but display greater tolerance, historical empathy, as well as better educational memory and critical thinking skills.  […]

 

Google’s Boss and a Princeton Professor Agree: College Is a Dinosaur

That’s the shared view of Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and Anne-Marie Slaughter, a former Department of State official and until this month a tenured professor at Princeton University. They explored the problems of higher education on Friday in a one-on-one conversation sponsored by the New America Foundation, where Schmidt serves as chairman and Slaughter is the new president.  Colleges have the luxury of thorough, democratic deliberation of issues because “they never actually do anything,” Schmidt said during the event. He cited Princeton, where he graduated in 1976 and once served as trustee, which spent six years deliberating over whether to change its academic calendar—and in the end did nothing. “Don’t get me started on that,” Slaughter laughed.  […]

 

Innovation in Education and Medicine

Innovation in Education and MedicineAdvocates of evidence-based reform in education can’t help citing evidence-driven progress in medicine as an analogue to justify evidence-driven progress in their own field. Yet opponents bring up numerous differences between the two disciplines in order to make the analogy seem misleading. In today’s blog, I’ll address some […]

 

Master’s Degree Is New Frontier of Study Online

Master’s Degree Is New Frontier of Study OnlineNext January, the Georgia Institute of Technology plans to offer a master’s degree in computer science through massive open online courses for a fraction of the on-campus cost, a first for an elite institution. If it even approaches its goal of drawing thousands of students, it could signal a change to the landscape of higher education.

From their start two years ago, when a free artificial intelligence course from Stanford enrolled 170,000 students, free massive open online courses, or MOOCs, have drawn millions and yielded results like the perfect scores of Battushig, a 15-year-old Mongolian boy, in a tough electronics course offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  […]

 

12 Changes Coming To The Future Of Learning

12 Changes Coming To The Future Of LearningThe future of learning is exciting, filled with innovative ideas, and no one in their right mind knows more than that. Anyone who says otherwise is pulling your leg. In any case, it’s fun and quite useful to think about what the future of education may actually look like […]

 
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