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Jun 23, 2016

How to Fix a Broken Education System ... Without Any More Money

Seema Bansal forged a path to public education reform for 15,000 schools in Haryana, India, by setting an ambitious goal: by 2020, 80 percent of children should have grade-level knowledge. She's looking to meet this goal by seeking reforms that will work in every school without additional resources. Bansal and her team have found success using creative, straightforward techniques such as communicating with teachers using SMS group chats, and they have already measurably improved learning and engagement in Haryana's schools.

America's Not-So-Broken Education System
Do U.S. schools really need to be disrupted?

Do U.S. schools really need to be disrupted? Everything in American education is broken. Or so say the policy elites, from the online learning pioneer Sal Khan to the journalist-turned-reformer Campbell Brown. As leaders of the XQ project succinctly put it, we need to “scrap the blueprint and revolutionize this dangerously broken system.” Is this really true or just hype?

Making the Case for More Than Just STEM
The writer says the humanities encourage schoolchildren to solve problems creatively, a skill not fostered solely through science and technology.

One of the most important issues that educators in institutions of higher learning must face is skepticism about the efficacy of liberal arts education in an era that seems to be pushing what educators call STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — as the answer to everything.

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