Obama Unveils Education Research Initiative Modeled on DARPA
As part of a drive to ramp up education innovation, the White House in its 2012 budget proposed creating a $90 million education research initiative modeled on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the government agency that’s perhaps best known for creating the forerunner of the Internet.
Most of the details of the ARPA-ED project were still under wraps Monday, but James H. Shelton III, the U.S. Department of Education’s assistant deputy secretary for innovation and improvement, said the agency would follow DARPA’s research model, which differs from that of traditional education research groups like the Institute of Education Sciences or the National Science Foundation. DARPA operates outside of typical grant frameworks, using interdisciplinary teams and contractors working on projects.
“The notion is to fill a critical gap we have in the R & D infrastructure for education—the ability to do directed development, the way DARPA does, using cutting-edge technology and research to solve specific high-leverage...
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