You can also just download the MP3 here: http://audio.commonwealthclub.org/audio/podcast/cc_20110314_mlf_corporateresponsibility.mp3
Skip ahead to 14:44, the introductory comments by Mark Edmunds, Vice Chairman and Regional Managing Partner, Deloitte LLP. Listen for a little over two minutes. It simply struck me as a crisp presentation of many wrong memes around education reform today.
Just a few:
- 15:25: The goal of school (what he calls "education") is to create a "college-going culture".
- 15:40 Many high school students in Oakland, California don't go to college because they have parents who did not go to college.
- 16:00 Bill Gates represents someone of sterling character.
- To use the poorest schools as a place for research and development for all schools is intellectually problematic. (This is the only environment where a 5% success rate would be hailed as a great social victory.)
- I will leave it to the listener to form their own view of character education as an output of school programs. How would you like to be in an Oakland school and hear a guest lecture from a Deloitte partner telling you to "play fair" and "respect the rules of the game"?
- Finally, I found a correlation between school systems that talk about 21st Century Skills with their fund raising efforts, not their nascent capabilities in actually delivering them.