Education reform: We don't need better, we need different

Today's students are immersed in the digital age, but can our educational system keep up? Best-selling author Will Richardson's comprehensive collection of posts from his acclaimed blog,, outlines the educational reform we must achieve to stay ahead of the curve. The book's entries present a multifaceted vision of the 21st-century classroom and describe how a social media-changed world has created new opportunities for:

Project-based learning; Student-created media that develops critical thinking; Extending learning beyond the classroom and school hours; Cooperative and collaborative learning; Student empowerment and career readiness.

The necessary shift will not magically happen, but experts agree that it must happen now. This compilation will inspire educators and parents to engage in the technology their children already embrace, and to take an active role in transforming education to meet the challenges of the digital revolution.

“Tinkering toward Utopia”

“Tinkering toward utopia”

We've been introducing piecemeal changes into education for decades now, all of which are meant to transform some part of what we do but most of which are subsumed into the system at the end of the day. These reforms are not what schools require right now. In his great book Leading for Learning, Phillip Schlechty makes a compelling case for a transformation—rather than a series of small changes—of the school from a place of instruction and teaching to a place of learning. And that, to me, is the key question of the moment. How is learning—the experiential, creative, collaborative learning that we do in our real lives—showing up in schools?

20 Jul 2009 03:50 pm

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