A blog for the informed discussion of California's education policy challenges.

Jun 21st, 2011
Charles Taylor Kerchner | 11:45 AM | School & District Reform

Most education reforms start with the premise that adults need to work harder so students will learn more.  But ultimately, maybe quickly, that premise is self-defeating.  Regardless of the pedagogy used, who governs the school, or how long teachers toil, students are the real workers in the system.  Building around that reality is one of the five key elements to bring about...

May 26th, 2011
Charles Taylor Kerchner | 09:10 AM | School & District Reform

The words “remix” and “mashup” entered the vocabulary as descriptors of life in the digital age.  They are also key to what I am calling Learning 2.0, the next full-scale version of public education. 
At the simplest level, these new terms are represented by three teenagers using Apple Garage Band to combine...

Apr 24th, 2011
Charles Taylor Kerchner | 11:07 PM | School & District Reform

Two of the gurus of the Internet age have written a charming, compelling, and ultimately romantic book about what learning could be. 
In the opening pages of A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change, Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown lay out the dimensions of “arc of life” learning “which comprises the activities in our daily...

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