Education

Dede: Financial Necessity Will Drive Reform

By Ian Quillen — April 12, 2011 1 min read

Over on the Futures of Education Reform blog, Christopher Dede, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and one of the nation’s leading mobile learning experts, says educational reform using new media will indeed happen. And while that might be good for education, it will ultimately happen because it’s good for the bottom line.

It’s not an entirely new concept—that financial pressures will force some schools’ adoption of technology—but the way Dede lays out his case it also makes you understand why change is such a sensitive issue. In blunt terms, Dede is attacking the current model as wasteful and impractical. And it takes a bit of an ego lowering to be able to accept that assumption and change from within.

The Harvard Future of Learning Group is taking over the blog for the rest of the week, so you should check it out.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Digital Education blog.