As in the USA, citizens question the quality versus the cost of education. They question effectiveness of educational institutions. That topic has received much attention by organizations like the American Enterprise Institute in the US.
A Guardian story this past week features a report by Dominic Cummings to UK’s Education secretary, Michael Gove.
“In one of the most controversial passages of the thesis, Cummings maintains that individual child performance is mainly based on genetics and a child's IQ rather than the quality of teaching.”
Should there be a controversy in that statement? It sounds more like a truism.
The American Enterprise Institute has been addressing this subject, how to improve the American education system, from all sorts of angles and with lots of data to support ideas. It is a high quality source for those who truly want to fix the system that has become grossly deficient.
Education institutions with which I sometimes advise, are focused on rebranding to produce unique curricula for which they are best suited and able to provide, and that prepare graduates for jobs. That sounds good, with some exceptions:
- There are too few jobs with upward mobility.
- Their best efforts fail to satisfy high tech company needs, thus they seek offshore immigrants to fill openings.
- There is a disconnect between government, private enterprise, and entrepreneurial geniuses.
“The term genius isn't a strictly defined label, but it is generally associated with a high IQ score of about 175 or greater.
If we go with Mensa's standards and assume that only 2% of the population are real geniuses, then statistically about 6 million people in the United States would fit the bill.”
That would mean that 5,999,990 are probably goofing around because we see too few inventions, too few patents, and too few new business enterprises addressing the demand for a sustainable economy.
Coming up soon at AEI: "Breakthrough leadership in the digital age: Using learning science to reboot schooling"
"Today’s amplified focus on digital tools and solutions can make it seem as if a quick trip to the Apple Store will answer the many problems educators face in the classroom. But today’s teachers and principals realize that the solution goes beyond the new devices themselves.
In their new book, “Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age” (Corwin, October 2013), Rick Hess and Bror Saxberg argue that the answer lies with “learning engineers,” or education leaders who can change the classroom conversation from, “what shiny, new products should we buy?” to, “how are these new tools helping solve my problem?”
At this book launch event, Hess and Saxberg will be joined by other experts in the field to discuss how technology can help redesign schooling to better serve kids, and the challenges of doing so in a static system with traditional (and often antiquated) routines."