Education Archive

Why Engineering Majors Change Their Minds

This post originally appeared on Forbes.com. If we want our country and economy to get back on track we need to fix the education system for math and science related degrees. It’s simple really and everyone knows it. Growth happens when people build and sell things. In an age of high tech innovation those “growth” building blocks rely squarely on the skills acquired in a science, technology, math …

The University of Nothing – The Bylaws

I’ve said several times on this blog that the education system is broken and is in desperate need of change. I now think we are finally starting to see the emergence of a new era in education reform. One led by the private sector. The issue I still struggle with is how to balance the intersection, or lack thereof, between cutting edge methods of education …

Value of Engineering to the Entrepreneur

This post originally appeared on Badger Engineers. My company Spinback was recently acquired by Buddy Media, the largest Facebook Management Company in the world. It’s clear that my four years studying in the Wisconsin College of Engineering has played a role in that acquisition. At the core, I’d argue that an engineering, math, or science related degree is the single best degree or use of …

Academic Inflation

We are experiencing academic inflation. This is a theme I can’t seem to shake and its something that I think is only getting worse. Much worse, so long as our educational institutions keep up the status quo. If you break it down, the logical train of thought should go something like this: Go to school Do well Graduate Get a job Make lots of money …

Start a Business in School

If you are in college you should start your own business because there is no better time to do so. When I was in college working on thecampusatlas.com I remember thinking how great it was to have the flexibility of a student and to have the resources of a college university in order to get things done. I was surrounded by exceptionally bright people from …

Learning From Experience

School is mostly bullshit. The only way you learn things is by doing things. Real things. Things that have consequences and things that have rewards. A “C” on some school paper isn’t really a consequence, and an “A” isn’t really a reward. A consequence is losing money on a sunk venture. A consequence is damaging a good relationship on a failed project. A reward is …

Dear Ambassadors and Respected Representatives of UW-Madison and Education – A Year in Review

Image via Wikipedia Over a year ago I wrote an open letter to several faculty members of the University of Wisconsin – Madison. In the letter I voiced my concerns over the broken admissions process and broken academic protocols within the school and within other universities. I also discussed the importance of building a network and more importantly, maintaining the health of that network. Well, this …

On the future of education

It will be very different in 10 years.  It is very different now. Pretty soon those backpacks carrying 100 lbs worth of textbooks will be replaced by one, 10.2 oz Amazon Kindle or even your iPod. From Gizmodo: iTunes U will be teaming up with universities and other education establishments to offer a free hosting service for educators. As information continues to become more widespread …