The Illusion of Agreement (via 37 Signals)

The educational world has its own shibboleth, and so do the worlds of policy and business. As these three worlds come into contact, the terminology and buzzwords used by each collide. People make assumptions that they are talking about the same thing, but in many cases they’re not. Educational establishments have language rooted in tradition (though even the terminology used between US and international educational systems is somewhat different). On the other hand, business people (especially those in startups) often seek terminology for the purposes of marketing, rather than precision, and it’s no different with the rise of edtech startups. One set of terminology that’s riddled with confusion is the language used to describe achievement.

In an effort to cut through the buzzwords and imprecise usage, here’s my objective take on the language of educational achievement.Read More →

Education was a major theme in President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address. From K-12 through higher education, he laid out the ways in which the world has changed, how our current system is failing students in many ways, and what he proposes to do about it. A few of the key points he made: Only 30% of kids in the US are enrolled in a high-quality pre-school; it should be universally available Between now and 2020, our economy will need millions of new jobs in science and engineering By 2020, nearly 2 out of every 3 jobs will require training beyond high schoolRead More →