Spreadsheets have become the mathematical laboratories for business, for science, for technology, and even for many consumers. They are the way we do our math, the primary tool for quantitative reasoning, and yet they are barely mentioned in our schools. They were mentioned only once in the New York Times article. They were mentioned only seven times in the Common Core State Standards in Math (fractions were mentioned 210 times). They are the primary mathematics tool of the 21st century, yet they are virtually invisible to most of our students.
We must educate our way to a better economy. This means not simply rethinking how we teach, but what we teach, and why. Just as a student needs the physical infrastructure of roads, schools, and computers before they can efficiently learn, so too does a student need the emotional and social infrastructure of health, wellness, and safety.
When I tell people that I am a venture capitalist who invests in educational technology companies, I frequently get asked what I think of MOOCs. And the next question is almost always whether MOOCs can make money. This is one thing I am not worried about.
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Venture capitalists are very excited about educational technology, and they are putting big money to work.