“Until now, some families won admission to multiple schools while others were shut out entirely. The unified lottery uses a computer algorithm to maximize the number of students who get into at least one school they want to attend.”
The system, which has been proven to improve all students’ access to quality schools, was developed by this guy: Alvin Roth.
Dude has used his algorithm to address issues from school choice to kidney transplants.
"Imagine you’re at a dinner party. Someone mentions Crazy Horse and you think, “Who was Crazy Horse again?”
So you whip out your Smartphone and you look it up. (Crazy Horse was the Lakota leader who took up arms against the United States government and won the Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876.)
If you’re a student at an American public school, you probably don’t have the option of looking up the answer on a Smartphone or a computer. To answer the question you’d probably use a textbook, ask your teacher — or wait until you got home to use the computer there. While the Internet has profoundly changed the way most people get information and learn new things, most students in the United States do not have regular access to the Internet at school.”
If we want to prepare kids to lead in the 21st century, we need to start treating school more like a 21st century office, in which kids self-regulate their work schedules (with appropriate scaffolding, obviously), use technology to solve problems, and have ample opportunities for collaboration. And stop pretending that people use encyclopedias to look up basic facts.
Great article on the nature of “developmentally appropriate.”
“And you can’t always wait until children are “ready.” Think about mathematics. Children are born understanding numerosity, but they understand it on a logarithmic scale—the difference between five and ten is larger than the difference between 70 and 75. To understand elementary mathematics they must learn to think of numbers of a linear scale. In this case, teachers have to undo Nature. And if you wait until the child is “developmentally ready” to understand numbers this way, you’ll never teach them mathematics. It will never happen.”