How NOT to Choose a World-Class School

Charter schools, magnet schools, school vouchers, citywide schools.  It’s the language of school choice in public education, a bipartisan school reform movement that has outlasted most and gained momentum under the Obama administration.  The school choice movement borrowed from business a core strategy for product improvement—competition.  Schools competing for their market share of families theoretically […]

How to Become a Creative Original: Build Character

Suppose that your child or your student has just completed a praise-worthy task: Helped a friend with homework, took out the trash without being asked, written a thank you note.  Which form of reinforcing feedback would you use? It was a good thing to help your friend. You are a good friend. If you picked, […]

How to Raise (and Educate) the Next Steve Jobs

In October 2011, I was standing in an airport news stand trying to decide between two bestsellers side by side on the shelf.  First was the biography Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. The second was The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators (Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and Clayton M. Christensen).  I picked […]