Khan Academy founder Sal Khan has observed that the current education system was designed by the Prussians, who hoped to “churn out loyal and tractable citizens who would learn the value of submitting to the authority of parents, teachers, church, and, ultimately, king.” However, Khan further notes that “Today’s world needs a workforce of creative, curious, and self-directed lifelong learners who are capable of conceiving and implementing novel ideas. Unfortunately, this is the type of student that the Prussian model actively suppresses.”

Something needs to change.

On part 2 of our two-episode discussion about the future of education, our special guests Bridget Rodriguez, Bob Fogel, and Brian Greenberg explore a number of important topics such as:

  • Engaging students in a world of technological distraction
  • Allowing teachers the room to innovate and A/B test with teaching alternatives
  • Building schools to take risks

For part 1 of this discussion, click here.


Bridget Rodriguez is the Managing Director of the Education Redesign Lab at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Bob Fogel was recently the SVP of Instructional Strategy & MD Learning Science Platforms at McGraw-Hill Education, and is currently the President of Performance Consulting, Inc.
Brian Greenberg is the CEO of the Silicon Schools Fund, a $70M venture philanthropy fund in the Bay Area of California.

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