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, http://weblogg-ed.com, 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.

The Wrong Conversations

The wrong conversations

School “reform,” as it's currently being touted, isn't much of a reform at all. It's simply trying to figure out how to do better what we've been doing for 150 years. It misses the point. We don't need better any longer, we need different. Really different. I'm not sure what it will take to push this conversation to a point where real change occurs. But for now, it's up to each one of us to focus on what real changes we can effect in our own practice, in our own classrooms, and in our own schools.

28 Sep 2010 09:40 am

(This is gonna be a tough post to write. Not that blogging shouldn't be tough to begin with. But this one ...

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