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September 26, 2012

An Interview With LearnZillion Founder Eric Westendorf

I'm intrigued by any effort to reduce our perpetual re-invention of the wheel in education, so it's with great interest that I've followed the progress of LearnZillion over the past few months. LearnZillion isn't a nonprofit; it's a "social venture" that offers free lessons from great teachers, but ...

August 24, 2012

Joel Klein, Underdog: "The Real Losers Will Be Our Kids"

As I read Joel Klein's op-ed "The Case for the Private Sector in School Reform" in The Atlantic last week, I had the disconcerting feeling of agreeing with all of his arguments while simultaneously being somewhat revolted by them. The former NYC schools chancellor expresses obvious frustration at ...

July 20, 2012

The Largest Classroom Tech Infusion in History

This fall, I'd like to see an unprecedented amount of new technology enter our nation's classrooms. It's powerful, it's easy, and it won't cost a dime. The average classroom probably has a handful of computers, but they tend to be underpowered and out of date. The future is in mobile devices, and ...

April 03, 2012

Un-Flattening the Teaching Profession

One of the chief challenges to the teaching profession's status as a profession is its flatness. A first-year teacher has the same duties and working conditions as a 30-year veteran, and while the latter may be higher on the pay scale, not much else changes as a teacher (or a principal, for that mat...

September 12, 2011

Coherence, Innovation, and Local Control

It will be very difficult to raise the status of the education profession if our goal isn't to have an education system that's on par with the best in the world. At present, our school districts merely have to compete with each other for talent, so the profession isn't very competitive compared with...

June 28, 2011

Teaching Students to Be Linchpins

@eduleadership Last Friday, I went to see marketing and new-economy guru Seth Godin live in Seattle. He said that one of the problems with public education is that it teaches kids to conform and obey, rather than become what he would call Linchpin-type people, who are willing to take risks and who ...

March 26, 2011

Everybody Loves Khan Academy

@eduleadership GOOD Magazine, in its continuing armchair coverage of education reform efforts, wonders whether Khan Academy is the model for closing the achievement gap. Is it? Khan Academy is a website with excellent educational videos explaining a wide variety of topics in math, physics, and oth...

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