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Transcript of CUE 2012
David Preston, Ph.D.
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about how to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
-August 15, 2004
>7000 K-12 dropouts every day
Cost of college up 538% over last 30 years
$8 billion textbook industry
$1 billion tutoring industry
$1trillion in American student debt
500,000 new teachers needed
Unemployed 16-24 year-olds in America: 18%; in Britain: 22.3%; in Greece: 48%; in Spain: 50%
The global pain level is severe and the problem is getting worse.
a tool is a tool is a tool
Possible topics of study:
cause and effect
potential & kinetic energy
myth of Narcissus
naturally waterproof animals
how to keep attention focused amid distractions (like goofy Dad asking about rainboots)
fun, engaging, available, and interdisciplinary.
I use all my
And then I find
In order to be considered
well-educated in the
21st century a person
the five Fs
The faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention, over and over again, is the very root of character and judgment and will... An education which should improve this faculty would be the education par excellence."
-William James, 1890
building a personal learning network
Myths of the
inviting an author to the network
"Hey kids! Remember when you just had to follow directions, read some words and count to get a job?"
That's not good enough anymore.
expanding the network
why doesn't my boyfriend love me anymore?
where will we get our energy in the future?
what does it mean to be an educated American/global citizen in the 21st century?
"What we are doing now may seem small, but we are part of something so much bigger than we think... What does this prove? It proves everything; it proves that it's possible."
every question is interdisciplinary
"Rules are not necessarily sacred;
-Franklin Delano Roosevelt
A term applied to a person who is willing to help launch a new venture or enterprise and accept full responsibility for the outcome.