The GSV Big 10: A Bridge Too Far
Here's your weekly coverage corner for the top 10 stories, insights, and major plays in learning and skilling.
#1 National Study Shows Charters Outperform Traditional Schools
The evidence is overwhelming: students learn more in charter schools than in traditional public schools. This model works…now it’s time to scale it.
#2 To the Class of 2023: On Self-Censorship
Self-control is a virtue, but self-censorship is the end of the college campus as we know it. The line between a vibrant debate and a vicious diatribe is thin…and broken.
#3 Get Phones Out of Schools Now
The bigger the problem, the more radical the solution. Getting rid of phones (and screens) in the classroom will help students and teachers form genuine relationships, not LinkedIn connections.
#4 The moratorium on repaying student loans in America was a bad idea
The end of Summer will be a bummer. The student loan payment freeze managed to increase student loan balances. Beneficiaries of the freeze accumulated an additional $4,500 in total debt, while payments will resume at around $200 a month in August.
#5 How School Choice Can Mitigate Harmful Culture War Policies in Public Education
A common myth is that School Choice is a contributor to the Culture Wars…it’s actually the cure. School choice allows every parent (not just the ones that can afford private schools) to choose schools that reflect their preferences and principles.
#6 New research suggests that government-provided student loans aren’t helping students
Show me the incentive, I’ll show you the outcome. More borrowing doesn’t deliver better outcomes for students. Instead, universities pump tuition in lock-step with the borrowing increase.
#7 What is Bitwise? Explaining the rise and fall of the Fresno-based tech company
Bitwise Industries announced an $80 million funding round in Feburary. Last week, they suspended operations, furloughed all 900 employees, and terminated their co-CEOs. Nobody wins in these situations, but only when the tide goes out do you learn who has been swimming naked.
#8 Chegg Embraced AI. ChatGPT Ate Its Lunch Anyway
Conventional wisdom on the Street is that Chegg was blindsided by ChatGPT. In reality, Chegg heard AI footsteps coming for years. But, objects in the mirror are closer than they appear.
#9 China becomes a harder sell for lesser-known US colleges
The second half of the 20th century saw the rise of Chinese students studying abroad at American universities; the first half of the 21st century could end that trend. The flip side is that by 2030, Indian students may represent 1 of every 3 international students in the US.
#10 If we want a thriving economy, we need to rethink education
The World has a lot of hard problems, including a soft skills crisis. 25% of CEOs believe their business model will cease to be viable within a decade unless they change what they do. Skillsets can be taught, but mindsets must be mastered.