Charters and innovation

As those who have followed our efforts over the years know, we have for some time entertained the idea of starting a charter school. And if you asked me today how we planned to go from being a program for high school seniors (which is what we are now) to being a full...

Helping kids become “antifragile”

I’m reading Nassim Nicholas Taleb again. It is always a bit mind-bending. (And more than a bit uncomfortable since it invariably leads me to wonder whether most education research is simply worthless. But that’s for a different post.) Taleb’s most...

Questions for a rainy Thursday

Things I’ve been thinking a lot about of late, both for the Workshop and more generally: It is commonly assumed that education is central to economic advancement, especially for those coming from lower income backgrounds, and with good reason. But when and why...

Last day to vote for the Workshop!

Just a final reminder that this is the last day to vote for us in the Ashoka Changemakers competition. Tell your friends, loved ones, colleagues, sympathetic looking strangers… To vote at the Ashoka site: http://embed.changemakers.com/stemeducation To vote on...

Teaching innovation

Interesting article in Sunday’s NYT by Michael Ellsberg, arguing that what the economy needs most is entrepreneurs, and that schools are really bad at producing them. Money quote: If start-up activity is the true engine of job creation in America, one thing is...