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.

Failing Our Kids

Failing our kids

Technology aside, many of our kids face more general inequities when it comes to the schools they attend and the communities they live in. This post is an attempt to capture some of those divides. I'm not sure, to be honest, the extent to which computers and online networks can help our neediest children, though I do think they should be part of the discussion. Access to what's online is a requirement for being educated in this century. We're leaving many of our kids behind.

14 Apr 2009 10:47 am

My nine-year-old Tucker plays AAU basketball for a struggling inner-city team about 30 minutes from where we live. His teammates call him “Shadow” and most times we are the only white family ...

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