3 Perspectives on the State of Contemporary Education

In a recent interview with John Katzman (founder of the Princeton Review, 2U, and more recently Noodle Companies), he expressed the belief that there are three main viewpoints on contemporary education.

1. People who believe that the current education system is doing just fine.

Critics are overstating the problems. There are obviously challenges and problems but, in general, the system as we know it is on the right track.

2. People who believe that the education system is broken and need of an identified fix.

This manifests itself in becoming a lobbyist for a single or small number of solutions that people want applied to the whole system. Add the same standards across the system. Add the same accountability measures. Use a certain model or philosophy. While they would likely not define their view as a “one size fits all” approach, it sure seems to be going in that direction.

3. People who believe in a marketplace approach to education.

This group believes that one fix is not right for everyone. It focuses upon a diverse education ecosystem, one that can represent diverse viewpoints and meet different needs of learners, families, and other stakeholders.

Frequent readers of my blog might notice some parallels to what I sometimes write, but John is coming from the perspective of a serial educational entrepreneur who loves identifying and striving to solve education problems. If this captures your interest, you might want to check out the entire interview.

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About Bernard Bull

Dr. Bernard Bull is an author, professor of education, Vice Provost of Curriculum and Academic Innovation; as well as Founder and CEO of Birdhouse Learning Labs. Some of his books include Missional Moonshots: Insights and Inspiration for Educational Innovation, What Really Matters: Ten Critical Issues in Contemporary Education, The Pedagogy of Faith (editor), Adventures in Self-Directed Learning, and Digitized: Spiritual Implications of Technology. He is passionate about futures in education; educational innovation; and social entrepreneurship.