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on 19 May 2009
The very real value of this useful and, at times, pleasantly surprising book comes from the way the authors apply their expertise in innovation to the field of education. By approaching public education's crisis with new eyes - and conceptualizing education as a product or service like any other - Clayton M. Christensen (The Innovator's Dilemma), Michael B. Horn and Curtis W. Johnson provide insights that escape the tired loops of argument that often define discussions about public education. These writers' obvious willingness to look in new directions for learning innovation is matched by their genuine concern for everyone involved in education. However, they do seem a bit idealistic, as they focus so strongly on the pedagogical and conceptual aspects of education that they seem to skim over other concerns, like logistics and budgets. The authors acknowledge the legal monopoly governing public education without really addressing the social weight and inertia of such a monopoly. In fact, they seem to believe that positive disruption is almost inevitable. getAbstract recommends this thoughtful book to anyone interested in social change and education, and - not tangentially - in how new technologies affect societies.
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on 9 April 2010
I really enjoyed this book, it presents a view of the classroom and of education in a way that is provocative and inspiring. I think it would be useful for all teachers to read this and reflect. The children and young people we are educating are from a digital age and this is impacting on the learning process itself. The careers that they are getting ready for are almost in a parallel universe to ours and beyond our imaginings. This book gives us some clues to a possible way forward.
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