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.

A Parent 2.0's Back to School Dilemma

A parent 2.0's back to school dilemma

Few posts that I've written have caused more uproar than this one from early 2010. The 154 comments it received (plus a slew of Tweets on Twitter) covered just about every angle of the “schools need to change” conversation. For some reason, it touched a nerve—in large part, I think, because parents are genuinely frustrated with their kids' schools and don't know what to do about it. This is a dilemma right now for many of us. We love the idea of school, but it's feeling less and less relevant by the day.

09 Sep 2010 08:08 am

Yesterday, Alec Couros ( went “Back to School” to “Meet the Teacher” of his first grade ...

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