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Friday, May 25, 2012

Education Evolution - Some Wrong and Right Questions

We can't evolve education until we start asking the right questions.  Here are some wrong questions and right questions.

Wrong "Big" Questions

How can we help teachers?
How do we better assess students?
How do we better assess teachers?
How do we better assess schools?
How can we create better textbooks?
How can we design better tests?
How can we increase graduation rates?
How can we better teach geometry?
How can we reduce the differences in children/ make more children the same?
How can we get schools to change?
How can we pay schools to implement reforms?
How do we increase number of Phd’s?
How do we improve school management?
How do we encourage schools to go after grants?
How do we better subsidize education?
How do we have free ("open-source") educational content and media?
How do we reduce the meaningful role of parents and corporations, delegating them to "donors" and "helpers"?

Right "Big" Questions

How can we decrease the time kids spend in classrooms and doing busywork?
How can we help each person find out where they are better than anyone else?
How can we develop entrepreneurship?
How can we teach leadership?
How can we better teach nutrition?
How can we get more students into productive real world environments sooner?
How can we help children find their passion?
How can we reduce the roles of schools in education?
How do we increase the real diversity of education opportunities?
How do we make end-to-end education funding more transparent?
How do we have a vibrant marketplace for educational content and media?
How do we increase the meaningful role of parents and corporations, elevating them to "guide"?

What else?  Please add in the comment section!


  1. How can we help and encourage (reward) students and parents to find their way out of the status quo?

  2. Joe Nocera writes a bit on this in an op-ed in today's times. While he specifically treats college education and not our public K-12 system his seems a valuable contribution to what may soon be a national shift toward the "right" big questions.


  3. Is it possible to teach rational behavior and logic in a dishonest media age?

  4. We will have to create more honest media, even if just to be used within school contexts.