Friday, November 11, 2011

Denning: The Single Best Idea for Reforming K-12 Education

Check out this article from Forbes by Steve Denning. Agree? Disagree? And how much of this do you think could apply to higher education?

Mr. Denning isn't the first to point out that the current education system is based on the factory model of the industrial age, but that he's saying it from a business perspective is interesting (he's not a teacher or an education bureaucrat). A recent book of his, for example, is The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: Reinventing the Workplace for the 21st Century (aff link).

Also, have you heard of the Khan Academy? If not, this twenty minute video is well worth your time:

I've been experimenting a bit with teaching my pre-confirmation 6th grade students (I have them once a week for 75 minutes), trying to break up my instruction into 10 or 20 minute segments to see if more of the material presented will stick.

Given my adventures (and misadventures) in education over the last ten years or so, I'm becoming more and more interested in education, learning differences, brain differences (linear vs non-linear thinking), cognitive performance and efficiency, and so forth.