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Education: A Bright Line through Invite-Only Google Zeitgeist | Scientific American



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Scientific American’s Mariette DiChristina, provides an insightful recap that shows education was an important thread throughout this week’s Google Zeitgeist gathering in Arizona. DiChristina said Eric Schmidt, Chairman of Google, set the tone in his opening remarks (bold, mine):

“We need to set out an agenda for innovation for our country as a whole,” he told the crowd at the invitation-only conference where curious minds meet—from scientists to CEOs (some of whom are both). He went on to add that we need “to change the way education is being done. We need to invest in a new generation of [people who do] long-term thinking.” He exhorted: “Take the long view.” The conference speakers would return to those notions—moving toward a better future by investing in youngsters and education today—many times.

We particularly liked the point that DiChristina drew out from a speaker that helps broaden the perspective about how to change education. Tech and innovation power the disruption, but change also needs to happen at the policy level. Think grass roots in the trenches: local school board.

Dave Eggers, founder of 926 Valencia, spoke of fostering literary love in his afterschool program, and about a Kickstarter-like way to fund educational projects, called Scholar Match.

Everybody can play a role in improving the future, Eggers said—we do not need to wait for an “authority” to do something about the problems we see. When one audience member complained about the Denver school board, for instance, O’Connor wryly suggested: “Then why don’t you run for the school board?”


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