Education Archive

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 …

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 …

Building Things For Your Pockets – A Unique Perspective On The Future of Mobile

There is no doubt in my mind that our dependency on mobile phones will continue to increase. I’m not going to try and justify this statement because this is quite simply a fact, and with that fact comes a tremendous amount of opportunity. A friend of mine has been digging into this space and I thought his current approach, tactics and projects were worth sharing. …

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

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 past weekend I …

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 …

3 Pillars for College Admissions

There are three key components admissions officers look at when reviewing students’ college applications: Standardized Test Scores Grades Subjective Qualities Today, most large universities are faced with the challenge of reviewing thousands of applications in a way that equally addresses all three pillars of admissions. But, can they really pay equal attention to all three? Should they? Consider how subjective or objective each category is. …

Dear Ambassadors and Respected Representatives of UW-Madison and Education

In the back of my mind I’m always thinking about education and change. Below is an open letter written to some faculty members of my alma-mater about the importance in recognizing that change. (Before reading this letter, please note that I will be making this letter publicly available on my blog. Also, kindly take note of the recipients.) To: Chancellor Carolyn Martin – chancellor@news.wisc.edu To: …

Educating youth with subject matter that matters

A while back I wrote about the relevance (or lack their of) of the systematic approaches taken by the public school systems and large universities. I would argue that practical and relevant hands-on approaches need to be implemented to better educate the youth in such a competitive global economy. In many instances, parents recognize the need for specific types of education. In fact, one of …