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The Second Enlightenment: Making Education Count

Adapting Chip Conley's groundbreaking methods for quantifying the intangible to education reform
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Keaton Jackson

on 21 February 2013

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Transcript of The Second Enlightenment: Making Education Count

The Second Enlightenment: Point B Point A Making Education Count A State Function We have learned in school about something called a state function...

A state function is defined as:
"a property whose value does not depend on the path taken to reach that specific value." Think outside the Point A: Point B: Measuring from Point A to Point B = State Function
(Pathway does not matter) "Intellectual qualities are not superposable, and therefore cannot be measured as linear surfaces are measured.” - Alfred Binet Point A to Point B (Through Point C) = NOT a State Function
(Pathway counts) Point C: Chip Conley "Life is a journey, not a destination." - Ralph Waldo Emerson ...And we feel that this quote can be applied to education as well, seeing as the journey should be the focus, not the destination. "Maybe it's time we get a toolbox that doesn't just count what's easily counted, the tangible in life, but actually counts what we most value, the things that are intangible." - Chip Conley Conley, the hotel guru and inspired philosopher is on the leading edge of
The Second Enlightenment. It's time we start asking about the tools in our education toolbox... The Second Enlightenment As founder and former CEO of Joie de Vivre, Conley learned to harness the power of inspirational business; by taking vital measures of the intangible into account, Conley tripled the size of his company during the five-year dotcom bust while dropping his employee turnover to one-third of the industry average. noun. The second of two philosophical movements towards societal idealism, as characterized by a spirit of innovation. Notable focus on taking what truly matters- passion, insight, creativity- into account. Origin: Twenty-first century reform measures in education Conley refers to Abe Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and uses that as a basis to form his "transformation pyramid." We applied this structure to create an "Educational Pyramid of Needs." We believe that our current education system functions as if knowledge is a state function, when in fact, it is not. Self - Actualization Esteem Love/Belonging Safety Physiological Survival Success Transformation Maslow Conley Survival Motivation Inspiration Education Conley understands what too many people overlook; he considers what makes life worthwhile, instead of the simple A-B solution. The world is primed for the next great movement. Experts agree; we are currently witnessing the exponential growth of the Information Age, unprecedented in magnitude. Measurement in Education So, what now? Two pillars of standardized assessment SAT IQ Test In this age, dreamers are the ones who succeed. Instead of competing with each other, they are actively challenging what's within the realm of possibility and, in turn, broadening humanity's horizons. Creator: Carl Brigham
Brigham rejected use of SAT in college admission decisions after noticing its inherent flaws Creator: Alfred Binet
Binet rejected IQ testing to determine scholastic aptitude, as quoted earlier: "it does not permit the measure of intelligence, because intellectual qualities are not superposable, and therefore cannot be measured as linear surfaces are measured.” Leaders of the Second Enlightenment: *The inventor of the multiple choice test (Frederick J. Kelly) likewise opposed student evaluations according to his test. He believed it was an extreme measure for an extreme time (war). Do you see the pattern? What matters? This question desperately needs to be asked, and subsequently discussed
Imagine a reform committee comprised of students, teachers, and administrators all working together The Vision: adapting Chip Conley's groundbreaking methods for quantifying the intangible to education reform Go and spread the word. #2ndEnlightenment #WhatIsSchoolFor This is the beginning of an education reform revolution.

Ed Reform is a hot topic: we're here to ask what really counts in education.
Student input, as well as student-teacher-administrator collaboration are left out of the picture.
We seek to change that. Please vote for our entry in the "Ideas Matter" Prezi Contest in conjunction with TED.com.
VOTE HERE: http://promoshq.wildfireapp.com/website/6/contests/312640/voteable_entries/65220313 Conley quotes Einstein, who once said "not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted."

To which we would like to add another quote from Einstein: Creativity is "intangible"
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