Looking back at where we’ve come since the publication of “A Nation at Risk” thirty years ago from the perspective of looking ahead to the trends shaping learning ten years out provided, as my colleague Jesse Moyer anticipated in his related post, much food for thought and commentary.
Given my focus on looking ahead toward a vibrant learning ecosystem in which all learners have the opportunity and support to prepare to their fullest for college, career, and civic life – which would represent a profound system transformation from an industrial to an ecological paradigm – it struck me that the report’s authors wrote of “the task of rebuilding our system of learning” (14). Continue reading
30 years of education reform have left gifted education pretty much where it was when A Nation at Risk was published in 1983. Then the ultimate goal for excellence in education was “to develop the talents of all to their fullest.” A Nation at Risk also acknowledged that perhaps we were hanging too much on the shoulders of our Nation’s schools and that the drive to provide solutions to “personal, social and political problems that the home and other institutions either will not or cannot resolve” had caused us to lose sight of the basic function of our public school system – education. The report referenced many troubling outcomes directly related to this neglect of focus on high education expectations – many of them which deeply effected students of high academic ability (“over half the population of gifted students do not match their tested ability with comparable achievement in school.”)
As someone who reads a lot of edu-research, I was excited to find out KnowledgeWorks was doing a mini blog series on A Nation at Risk in honor of the 30th anniversary of the release of the report. Honestly, it gave me a really good reason to finally get around to reading it.
I was eager to read the report until I actually read it and had a chance to digest the content. I came away thinking, in 30 years absolutely nothing has changed in the edu-reform world. The seminal report calls for several reforms including a “Learning Society” and changes to content, expectations, time, and teaching. Continue reading
Now, 30 years later and with a strong national focus on improving education outcomes, have we successfully stemmed this “rising tide of mediocrity?” Can we assert that our society and educational institutions have reinvigorated the central purpose of schooling? Have we raised our expectations in keeping with our desire to sustain a vibrant and secure democracy? Continue reading
Lillian Pace, senior director of national policy for KnowledgeWorks, recently published “A Pathway for the Future of Education” in Education Week. Weaving together the forecasting trends in education that KnowledgeWorks is known for with competency or proficiency-based education, Pace declares that the transformation has begun. Continue reading
New Tech Network, a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks, recently released data from College and Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA) demonstrating high school students from New Tech schools outperformed some college freshman on key indicators of higher order thinking skills. The 2013 academic indicators show significant student growth from freshman to senior years. Continue reading
As our most recent forecast highlights, trends such as a move toward a sharing economy, the emergence of a do-it-yourself culture, the proliferation of real-time feedback about what is happening in communities, and inside-out urban schools point toward the potential for learning to become embedded across civic landscapes in ways that are hard to envision today. As we increasingly approach cities as shared spaces that we not only cohabit but also co-create, we have the potential to re-imagine learning as a shared community asset. Indeed, those communities that create rich learning landscapes could revitalize not just their education systems but also their economies and cultures. Continue reading
I think the last week is a pretty good microcosm of what we can expect from the Common Core going forward. Some ups, some downs, but few changes. Continue reading
Katherine Prince writes about resiliency on the ASCD Whole Child blog. Continue reading
Strive, a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks helps communities like Boston, Dallas, Portland, Seattle and more than 90 others create a civic infrastructure to unite stakeholders around shared goals, measures and results in education Continue reading