Core of Education: My Thoughts on Holistic Education Reform

A couple of months ago, I attended the Education Innovation Summit, sponsored by GSV (short for “Global Silicon Valley”) Advisors. The summit featured some amazing speakers – from government leaders to entrepreneurs to some of the innovative educators who are leading transformation in U.S. schools. Even basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson was there, delivering a keynote on the importance of educating underprivileged and underserved youth. 

While at the summit, I spent a few minutes talking to journalist Jack Ford about Microsoft in Education. It’s an interview that I think perfectly encapsulates both Microsoft’s long history of driving education change worldwide and our uniquely holistic approach to reshaping education for the 21st century. (Past Daily Edventures interviewee Dr. Rod Berger posted the interview on his excellent Core of Education blog.)  

In the interview, I talk about the limits of technology, the significant (and primary) role played by teachers in making effective change happen, and the need for all of us – educators, parents and especially students – to expect more. Ford ended the interview by asking if I’m optimistic about the future of education. The short answer: Yes. For the long answer, watch the interview ! Thanks again to Dr. Rod (as he’s called) for sharing my insights.


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