David Brooks ponders the merits of two apparently antagonistic Educational approaches and tries to establish what it take to form a “wise” person.
I write Buysiders.com since 2009, and I tend to digress a little over subjects dear to my heart. One is Education, another is Charity/Giving. Even though I wasn’t directly involved in a project until today, I’ve been regularly donating to a few projects I trust while pondering how to help more effectively. But today I get involved – and then some. In short, I will run the 2013 Walt Disney Marathon to raise awareness for my campaign, which aims to raise £5,000 for the building of 3 new classrooms in a (currently very inadequate) school in the community of Loharano in Madagascar.
I’ve just read a Forbes cover article on “Reeducating Education” that highlights bold new ideas in Education, starting with the Khan Academy – a subject of previous posts here. The biggest merit I see in this initiative is in the accountability and analytics it provides. We are a long way from knowing if the approach really “works” (what does “work” mean? For whom? At every stage in the student’s life? etc.), but better to try this than stand idly by.
Prof. Clayton Christensen had a very thought-provoking op-ed in the NYT. He starts by saying that it matters very little who wins the US presidential election. He then hints on the Capitalist’s dilemma: “Capitalists seem almost uninterested in capitalism, even as entrepreneurs eager to start companies find that they can’t get financing.” Next, he discusses 3 types of innovations and says that the US needs more innovations of the empowering kind. Finally, he gives three ideas to kick-start a debate on how the US can solve the “empowering innovation” problem.
The cost of NOT having a global view of business, investing and most anything else is increasingly steep. We highlight a very interesting article in the Financial Times about how the study of business is very US-centric – and how we can all gain from “fresher fables” in business education.
Education is a huge topic for me, especially now that a few HBS classmates and I are looking for ways to do charitable projects in the area. Taken together, the 3 articles in here paint a very interesting picture of the power of incentives in education, parenting, living in society, coping with expectations and prejudices and so on. And if it seems “soft”, “fluffy” and off-topic, try changing “education, parenting and living in society” for “preparedness, leadership/motivation and networking” for your business life.
The Occupy Wall Street movement is so anarchic as to be impossible to name one “mentor” or group behind it – although that’s not stopping some people from claiming influence over it. Ultimately, in investments or revolutions, it’s all about the key people – it’s vital to understand their real motivations, aspirations, personalities and incentive/moral systems. Not what they say it is, what it really is. And that’s why it’s so hard to define “OWS”. We highlight three articles about it that may shed some light in a few spots.
We present updates on two story lines we’ve published this year: Salman Khan’s very promising education initiatives deserve a large story at Wired, and George Soros’ departure was discussed further on Bloomberg and the Financial Times.
Reading an article about an interesting Education business had us thinking of regulation and, primarily, goals for Education. The current debate about Public Education in the US focuses on adjustments/ improvements to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, which is all about accountability. In a separate story, Tom Friedman reminds us that the top-notch jobs of the future may require skill-sets (and individual attitude) that current education models may simply be unable to provide. But when you’re a Brazilian public education student and the debate isn’t even close to scratching the surface of the “accountability” trend, it’s definitely a scary future.
BigThink.com has two interesting videos on Education. We’ve written before about the future/ quality of Education, and Salman Khan is the subject of the first video, a much shorter version of the TED speech we posted before. From the first video we navigated to another one, this time with Harvard’s Louis Menand. Customization/data analytics coming to Education is great news.