Michael Horn on Recreating School for Every Child

Key Points

  • We have to move away from a zero-sum mentality, to a positive-sum mentality. 

  • Test and name your assumptions. Then you can begin to learn.

Michael Horn Recreating School

On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Tom Vander Ark is joined by someone very familiar to our listeners, Michael Horn. Michael has been on the podcast a handful of times to discuss his many books on college, innovations in higher education and more. 

Today Michael is here to discuss his new book From Reopen to Reinvent: (Re)creating School for Every Child. He is also the co-founder of and a distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a non-profit think tank and an adjunct lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He co-hosts the top education podcasts Future U and Class Disrupted. He is a regular contributor to Forbes.com and writes the Substack newsletter The Future of Education. Michael also serves as an executive editor at Education Next, and his work has been featured in outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, and NBC. 

It’s about what we build out of this devastation. What we choose to create.

Michael Horn


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