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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Tom Vander Ark is right

Interviewed in Scholastic Administrator, Tom Vander Ark, former head of the Gates Foundation's education efforts, and currently a partner in Revolution Learning, had this to say:

Q: Do you think that the federal stimulus is going to promote innovation and change?
A: I was hoping that we would see this financial crisis used more creatively to have fundamental conversations, but it's not really happening, not that I see. The downside to the federal bailout is that it puts a big Band-Aid on a system that's really obsolete.

Q: What happens if our schools don't make those dramatic changes?
A: The alternative will be a slow decline. We'll play this game for another 10 years while the world continues to pass us by.

Hat Tip: This Week in Education

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