Monday, December 26, 2011

Things That Have Me Thinking This Week...December 26, 2011

Here are the blog posts and articles that I found most thought provoking during the week leading up to Christmas. Best wishes for a wonderful New Year! Stay tuned for more "Things That Have Me Thinking in 2012!

#1
Firemen, Donuts, and Meetings - Seth Godin's Blog

The last line of this post was what struck me - "How would you do it differently if the building were burning down? Because it is."


While this post was not specifically focused on education, I cannot help think that we need to drastically change our thinking in regards to education reform efforts in this country.  Cutting teacher salaries, eliminating due process, and measuring our success on standardized test scores are not going to get us where we need to go. How long will it take for a different model of reform to prevail?

#2

This post from Edudemic discusses the new initiative at M.I.T. which will offer those who complete free online courses to earn a certificate from M.I.T.  As the post discusses, it is almost a certainty that other institutions will follow suit and start to develop programs where certificates can be earned for students who demonstrate mastery in areas of study that are being taught online.  

I cannot help thinking about the difference in approaches from our national model for edreform mentioned above to M.I.T.'s innovative approach.  

#3
Zeitgeist 2011 - Year in Review - via Google
Pretty cool video of how the world searched in 2011- chronicles the major events of the past year.  I challenge you to watch it and not get goose bumps as 2011 flashes before your eyes one more time. 


I can only imagine what 2012 will bring!?


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