Investment firm GSV Advisors recently estimated the annual global outlay on education at $5.5 trillion and growing rapidly.
The figure is nearly on par with the global health care industry, but there is no Big Pharma yet in education
. Most of that money circulates within government bureaucracies
In 2014 the company was implicated in an FBI investigation of unfair bidding practices for a $1.3 billion deal to provide curricula via iPads to the students of Los Angeles Unified School District.
Ayala assembled a board of executives with international experience to create an education company that would mold middle and high school students into the perfect entry-level employees for foreign corporations.
Pearson models do vary by setting and the visions of individual entrepreneurs. All of them, though, save money on teachers and claim they still deliver a superior education—even though most research shows that teacher quality is the single most important factor in a student’s education.
There’s an X factor too, harder to quantify: It could be that for-profit schools attract more parents like Nellie, who place more of an emphasis on education and whose children would therefore do better in any setting. Critics of charter schools in the US make a parallel argument, accusing them of “creaming off” the most engaged families.
On the negative side, the 2014 review found “weak and inconclusive evidence” that low-cost private schools are truly affordable or accessible to the poor.
The official position of many groups, including the UN’s Committee on the Rights of the Child, is that charging a fee, no matter how low, excludes the most needy and magnifies social divisions—like those between Aki and his neighbors in Tondo, for example.
If Pearson achieves its vision, only the most destitute would remain in public schools in the world’s largest and fastest-growing cities. Or those schools would close down altogether, as governments increasingly outsource education—a fundamental driver of development and democracy, a basic human right, and a tool of self-determination—to a Western corporation. Teaching would become a low-paid, transient occupation requiring little training. And Pearson would try to bring the lessons it learns in Africa and Asia to education markets in the US and the UK.
What makes this a most effective path to change is also what makes it terrifying and infuriating to critics. Inserting itself into the provision of a basic human service, Pearson is subject to neither open democratic decisionmaking nor open-market competition
. The only check on its progress will be the tests that Pearson itself creates.
Great site from Stanford and Jo Boaler
Good resource to help people understand different undercurrents that exist among staff.
student-success metrics related to whether students can get timely access to required course materials is the most important question
student-success metrics related to whether students can get timely access to required course materials
From Ben Grey "nnovation is a beautifully romanticized notion. It brings to mind thoughts of amazing individuals like Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, and Marie Curie who so daringly defied and displaced the status quo. And therein lies the problem. - See more at: http://bengrey.com/2015/10/the-paradoxes-of-education-innovation/?utm_content=bufferb56e7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#sthash.WhTSKjVg.dpuf
From the Atlantic - "High-school textbooks too often gloss over the American government’s oppression of racial minorities."
https://t.co/PpT6wgmA3O @patrickmlarkin g8t example of passion in #education #leadership #CE15 #edchat #suptchat #school #parents
Interesting read - The courses cover too much material and do so too quickly and superficially. In short, AP courses are a forced march through a preordained subject, leaving no time for a high-school teacher to take her or his students down some path of mutual interest. The AP classroom is where intellectual curiosity goes to die.
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