Can lines of code improve education or is edtech a boondoggle?


The vintage photo shows the author, wearing a crown and hoping to create learning magic with the wave of a wand. I threw the wand away but am still working to improve learning for all children.


“I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then.” From Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll Graphic By John Tenniel — Through the Looking-Glass, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7592577


Educators and start-up teams bring passion to their work. OKRs and a late 20th-century school reform model can help us harness that passion and create powerful innovation in schools. Image by Ian Schneider on Unsplash


Billy New, pictured in the striped shirt, grew up to improve the worldwide standard for medical care through devices he developed. He always believed that work was play.

The author, standing to the right of the king, does not remember her kindergarten as child-centered or personalized. She does remember dancing around the maypole while wearing a shiny, scratchy cape.


“So, oft in theologic wars the disputants, I ween, rail on in utter ignorance of what each other mean; and prate about an elephant not one of them has seen!” Quote from a poem by John Godfrey Saxe. Ukiyo-e print by Hanabusa Itcho. (public domain)


“Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.” Pema Chodron


“Empathy means that for the time being, you lay aside your views and values to enter another’s world without prejudice. Being empathic is a complex, demanding, and strong — yet subtle and gentle — a way of being.” Carl Rogers

Carolyn Wilson

Educator, entrepreneur, boundary crosser, community builder, advocate for learners of all ages.

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