The way to a guaranteed and viable curriculum is through principals. Principals must be instructional leaders with the power to run their schools independent of oversight from either district-level managers or school boards.
If culture eats strategy for breakfast, culture must not have many friends. Culture can be moved withstrategy carefully matched to culture.
Popular opinion on the need for education transformation wavers. The skills gaps highlights the disconnect: educators overwhelmingly believe education prepares people for work and employers say the opposite. The litmus test most easily used to gauge public opinion is the answer to a simple question: does the average person believe education is succeeding?
Androids won't replace teachers any time soon. Ed tech is in it infancy. Insights from data have plenty to offer traditional education.
Diversity is touted among talent experts, but few can articulate the hard organizational advantages to seeking leaders with diverse backgrounds. Hyper specialization is an asset for managers. Hyper diversity is the asset for leaders.
The site started with three core goals:
1. Provide candid information. Education is a $1.3 trillion industry. It represents almost 9% of GDP. K-12 education is not doing well. Higher education is doing even worse. Without blame, this blog seeks solutions. John Heintz, formerly of the American School of Paris, District 219, Lydian Inc. and Dutch, British, French, Spanish and United States education, law and management institutions started the blog seeking to clear a path forward to make learning and life better worldwide.
2. Link entrepreneurship, education, law, management, governance, technology and leadership into a single perspective on the future of education starting where we are today. The noise crisscrossing fiber optics is far too often uninformed, self-interested and short-sighted. There is a way to move forward with big plans. John Heintz and other members of the Second Rail team seek to bridge the expert gap and provide comprehensive solutions.
3. Improve education across geographic, demographic, philosophical, institutional, organizational, national and political boundaries. The path to progress in education is becoming increasingly clear. We need cross-sectional information to move forward more decisively.