Best of Fall

With a lot of help from a dozen friends, my favorite fall story was the The Pivot to Digital Learning: 40 Predictions.
Remember how Disrupting Class predicted that most high school kids would do most of their learning online by the end of the decade?  I tried to figure out how that would happen in How the US Will Blend and suggested a target of August 2012 for the pivot to digital learning in part 2 of the story.
The rich dialog of the Digital Learning Council prompted a number of pieces including this modestly titled short, How Digital Learning will Change America.  I enjoyed interviewing three online elementary teachers and wrote about their online partnerships for success.
Why the Feds Matter Less suggests that it’s not a complete disaster that we’ll eventually get a weaker ESEA but a feature pointing out that There is no Local Control suggests that we have a big governance problem that undermines most reform efforts.
Pivoting off a Public Impact report, I asked Why Solve Old Problems When New Problems are Easier?
There have been a couple higher ed pieces at edreformer,  including this one suggesting that Colleges are losing their ROI; it features Western Governors University; and so does this short follow up.
Here’s some thinking out loud about Smart Culture: Reversing the Dumbing of America.  Partisan politics and pandering populism are promoting a disconcerting anti-intellectualism.
Joel Klein had a great run in NYC; he worked hard to enact the good school promise.
We can all be grateful for great teachers and leaders today.  Have a great Thanksgiving.

Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is the CEO of Getting Smart. He has written or co-authored more than 50 books and papers including Getting Smart, Smart Cities, Smart Parents, Better Together, The Power of Place and Difference Making. He served as a public school superintendent and the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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