Political Science

Will California have the Wisdom to Elect Delaine Eastin?

Delaine EastinYesterday, Delaine Eastin officially announced her candidacy for governor.  In an era of short-term thinking, her candidacy is more important than ever.

Why?  Because as the first President Bush once said “Think about every problem, every challenge, we face. The solution to each starts with education.”  And Delaine is the only candidate to see that the problems of today, which are real, can only be solved through long-term thinking, which focuses on education.

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Why Johnny Can’t Compute: The Failure of the Old Math

Why Johnny Can't ComputeNearly every leader in our nation is saying that we need to have students get more STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), so that our country will not fall behind technologically and economically from the rest of the world. But, what they don’t say (possibly, because they don’t know), is that the type of math that is needed for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Computer Science (CS) is not the math that is normally taught in high school.

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Why California Can and Should Immediately Allow Computer Science to be used as an alternative to Algebra I as a High School Graduation Requirement

It is a given that the 21st century economy will be driven by information and communication technologies (ICT), in which nearly the entire human-created world that surrounds us will have a basis in computer science. And while our high schools require a graduate to know about the underlying structures of biological and physical sciences, there is no consistent requirement to understand the underlying structure of the information world. While groups and legislators have worked to make computer science, not just computer literacy, being a high school graduation requirement in California, this has not yet come to pass. And possibly it is not the best answer to the problem.   Instead, I’m going to suggest that a more appropriate solution, which can be implemented immediately, is to have high schools allow an introductory Computer Science course to be used as a graduation requirement alternative to Algebra I.

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Virtual Onshoring has become a reality with Fiverr and other such sites. But a Virtual Onshored University will bring greater prosperity to the nation that builds it. .

karnataka-university-statueRecently, I wrote a tad about my Open Letter to Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, Regarding Virtual Onshoring.  I coined the concept of Virtual Onshoring in 2008, and to little surprise only 2 years later, Fiverr started. Fiverr has brought virtual onshoring into fruition, as it has been the perfect mechanism for entrepreneurs in developing nations to tap into the lucrative market of the United States and other more developed nations.

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If Charter Schools don’t want Bad Regulations Imposed on Us, we Must Fix our Bad Policies, starting with Mandatory Volunteering Policies

First, I want to preface this article that I generally support charter schools (and as full disclosure I work for one), because  I support having the freedom to innovate in education, and I have seen first hand how traditional regulations burden education, stopping innovation.  As an example of this at the post-secondary level, by the way Title IV regulations are written, Stanford University should no longer be allowed to offer Pell Grants or other financial aid, because they tried to freely share their education with the world via several MOOCs, as I wrote about in the short paper: Why MOOCs Might Be Hindered by the Definition of Correspondence Education.  This same type of unintended consequences of regulation occurs in K-12 schools also, and charter schools are one good method of helping to get around this problem.

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