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Discussions Discussion Race, Class, and Civic Duty in Small Town, US
Megan McCausland, Nov. 11, 2011

Education is so important to the future of Benton Harbor. Here’s a financial update on the Benton Harbor schools. http://www.abc57.com/news/local/Cuts-coming-to-Benton-Harbor-Schools—133662818.html

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Discussions Discussion Models for Education in the 21st Century
Megan McCausland, Nov. 9, 2011

This is a blog post by a professor who created the video below about students in the 21st century. It demonstrates how our 19th and 20th century approaches to education just aren’t cutting it. http://www.britannica.com/blogs/2008/10/a-vision-of-students-today-what-teachers-must-do/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGCJ46vyR9o&feature=player_embedded
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  • Marco Masoni Marco Masoni Dec. 4, 2011
    Very good point. It reminds me of the news last year that American Public University and Walmart (the largest private employer in US) entered into an arrangement whereby Walmart associates can earn degrees from APU while working, including credits for work experience and training (e.g., ethics training of Walmart associate can qualify for APU academic credit). This, itself, seems part of a general trend toward “corporate universities,” i.e., companies offering extensive customized training to their employees because schools are not doing an adequate job of preparing them for the workplace.
  • srini n srini n Dec. 4, 2011
    The Walmart training concept has its parallels in India too. Future Groups does that here. Several corporate hospitals provide training in nursing. And hotel chains have their own training schools for training in catering services. And then there is the Hamburger University at Chicago!

    My unease with Corporates taking over education is the agenda and curriculum. Can they transcend the here and now? When bottomlines shrink, will not budget cuts start with the funds for education?

    I have seen some websites of universities that are dedicated to open learning have become inoperative post 2008 for lack of funds to support their maintenance. The checks and balances and safety nets - in short infrastructure for their sustainability - seem to be not yet in place.
  • Marco Masoni Marco Masoni Dec. 5, 2011
    Srini, I think that you've just explained our rationale for creating Einztein :). We're trying to strike a balance between open and, for lack of a better term, “private” learning.
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Discussions Discussion Models for Education in the 21st Century
Megan McCausland, May 26, 2011

While schools have not changed a ton in the past 100 years, parents and families have. Here’s an article about a school that has managed to involve even the most difficult to reach parents in their children’s education.

http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/may11/vol68/num08/From-Breakfasts-to-Backpacks.aspx
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