Not the technology itself. Some devices, software, and web apps are being used to make big impacts on student learning. Although it’s probably a pretty small percentage of all that stuff.
Jay Mathews1 really, really, really wants Virginia to have lots of charter schools. REALLY!
As always when he writes on this topic, Mathews doesn’t explain how transferring tax money to charters will improve public schools. His emphasis in these waste-of-newsprint Washington Post columns is always on the politics of the issue, with little to nothing about the educational value.
The Washington Post reports that the latest project from serial education “entrepreneur” Chris Whittle is on the verge of failure.
In 2018, Whittle pitched investors on the concept of the “world’s first global school”, private institutions with a network of campuses around the world, emphasizing “experiential learning, foreign language skills and ‘a collective intelligence’”.
In a recent segment of his Revisionist History podcast, Malcom Gladwell takes on the Lord of the Rankings. Also known as the US News & World Report annual list of the “best” colleges and universities in the United States.1
The ranking was first published in 1983 as a tool to raise their profile (and sell magazines) in the pre-internet era when they were a distant third to Time and Newsweek in the category of weekly news magazines.