education

Being Too Innovative Might Get You Fired

A North Carolina principal was terminated for approving an “innovative” fundraising idea proposed to her by the parent advisory council. Their idea was to allow students to make a $20 donation to the school’s new technology fund in return for 20 “points” that could be added to two of their exams (10 points per exam). For example, if a student ...

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Innovation, Invention and Entrepreneurs

After all I read on the blogs and on Twitter, and all the new innovation programs and initiatives in state and local governments, I feel the need to revisit the definitions of these key words. While innovation, invention and entrepreneurs are important and somewhat interconnected, they aren’t synonyms and they have different needs, intents and purposes. Whether accidently or on ...

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China vs. USA in Innovation

There’s an interesting new survey out from Newsweek about innovation. The survey compares the attitudes and expectations about the US and China in regard to innovation. In the survey there are some relatively unexpected differences and some safe assumptions and conclusions drawn. On the safe side, it’s not surprising that a majority of people in the US and China believe ...

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School is Out

by Kevin Roberts It sometimes feels like I’ve run the full gamut of school-related experiences – from being kicked out of school at 17, to being invited back as a Governor. I frequently speak to students at universities around the world, but having an eternally curious granddaughter like Stella in my life has piqued my interest in the way primary ...

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Why Education Needs Social Media

by Venessa Miemis I read an article the other day on John Merrow’s blog, titled ‘Technology in Schools: Problems & Possibilities.’ In it, he outlines three fears he has concerning the implementation of emerging media technologies into education: The digital divide (gap between people with access to technology and those without) Schools will resist innovation and become irrelevant Schools will ...

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Building 21st Century Skills

It Doesn’t Matter How Long They’re in School as Long as They’re Learning Skills for the Future by Kathie Thomas Yesterday I wrote about the pros and cons of three-year college versus four-year college. That got me thinking about what we need to do to really teach our children to succeed in the future. As the mother of two elementary-school-aged ...

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The Importance of Consistency and Consensus

Interview – Steve McKee of “When Growth Stalls” I had the opportunity to interview Steve McKee, the author of “When Growth Stalls” about the challenges companies face when they lose focus, lack consensus, or fail to maintain consistency with their innovation efforts. We also discuss a variety of other innovation topics including: barriers to innovation, education, and metrics. Steve McKee ...

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Teach Your Children to Innovate

Parents teach their children many things: morals, etiquette, religion, sports, cleanliness, walking, cooking, riding a bicycle, reading, writing, math, discipline, safety, driving a car…the list goes on and on. What if you could give your child the life-long ability to innovate? What a gift indeed. This issue surfaced after a string of emails with one of our blog readers who ...

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Give Them the Freedom to Fall

by Kevin Roberts Taking Stella to the park the other day I noticed how few kids were out there playing games. Every small kid seemed to be accompanied by their parents and all the adults were on edge checking one another out to make sure there were no pedophiles lurking. In the UK, you can’t even take pictures of kids ...

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