Recently, Rupert Murdoch gave a speech at the Foundation for Excellence in Education Summit in San Francisco, and made some pretty great points. Let him tell you about math:
Say I was trying to teach a 10-year-old about Bernoulli’s principle. According to this principle, when speed is high, pressure is low. Sounds dry and abstract.
But what if I could bring this lesson alive by linking it to the soccer star Roberto Carlos-showing students a video clip that illustrates how his famous curved shot is an example of Bernoulli’s principle in action. Then suppose I followed up with an engineer from Boeing-who explained why this same principle is critical in aviation and introduced an app that could help students master the concept through playing a game. Finally, assessment tools would give teachers instant feedback about how well their students had mastered the material.
He advocated for something he called the “Steve Jobs model” of education reform, which essentially calls for a breaking down of the American education model as it exists:
You don’t get change by plugging in computers to schools designed for the industrial age. You get it by deploying technology that rewrites the rules of the game.
Mr. Murdoch, might we direct you to Speed to Learn? It’s not just technology that rewrites the rules of the game. It’s technology that offers an entirely new game altogether.