An important article on education reform from Steve Denning

I followed a link today from a  friend, Deven Black. He had commented on an article from Forbes online website. The article was called “The Single Best Idea For Reforming K-12 Education”

It was written by Steve Denning who has the following information about himself on the website:

“I am the author of six business books and consultant to organizations around the world on leadership, innovation, management and business narrative. My most recent book is the Leader’s Guide to Radical Management: Reinventing the Workplace for the 21st Century.”

Here was an article about education by a non-educational professional . It related recent developments in business to education and made a very clear argument about the problems the present system has with a reliance on testing of a narrow curriculum that does not fit students to cope with the ever-changing requirements of a post industrial information age.

His ideas are neatly presented in a diagram (as follows):

There were some excellent links in the article to some recent research and ideas. The comments at the end were also very good (I have added my own small contribution). Interestingly, the author has tried to answer each point made.

As I stated in my comment, it is to be hoped that the points raised in this important article come to the attention of politicians and administrators who may actually respond more to its ideas than they tend to do when a similar argument comes from those within education.

I applaud Steve Denning for this timely and well written argument.


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