The GSV Big 10: Fool Me Once...
Here's your weekly coverage corner for the top 10 stories, insights, and major plays in learning and skilling.
#1 How policymakers, businesses and educators are adapting to the changing workplace
Michael Crow and ASU offer a window to the future for what higher education and workforce development will look like. ASU has been implementing AI for over a decade and has gotten more than just mediocre essays from ChatGPT…they’ve gotten real results. ASU’s redesigned engineering curriculum increased the retention rate from 31% to 90%, with 32,000 students today.
#2 All-In Summit: In conversation with Larry Summers
Bring it on Brother Summers! You’re preaching to the choir here. We’ve traded “self-esteem for achievements to achievements for self-esteem” and eliminated standardized tests to boot. Hopefully this sermon is an altar call to have the excellence in academic believers rise up.
#3 Chicago Public Schools data show partial gains on IAR test
The once great city of Chicago is committing suicide, and unfortunately it’s not alone. Hypocrisy + Mediocrity = Infanticide. Celebrating 82% of its youth not being able to do math (and far worse for minorities) is the definition of psychotic. It’s no mystery why people are blowing out of the Windy City? Let’s Go Brandon!
#4 A bridge back to bipartisan education reform
If there’s one thing that should be non-controversial, it’s to improve education so that everybody has access to quality learning. Light is the best disinfectant, and the more that can be shown on the indefensible priorities of the Teacher’s Union faster, we can start helping kids.
#5 It’s OK to Like Both Public Schools and School Choice
Of course it is. Our friend Rick Hess once again providing non-emotional and compelling ways to help all kids. It’s hard to find 70% of Americans that agree on what day of the week it is. The fact that over 7 out of 10 Americans support the various school choice initiatives should be sending a loud and clear message to DC and state legislatures.
#6 74 Interview: Stanford Economist Eric Hanushek on COVID’s Trillion-Dollar Impact on Students
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. The crime that was committed against students across the country by closing down schools is horrific. $28 trillion doesn’t even start to quantify what students lost when you add up the mental health and socialization issues that resulted from not letting kids go to school.
#7 With a New Formula, U.S. News Rankings Boost Some State Universities
Let’s start with the bizarre premise that for an education provider, the key factor is kudos for how many students you reject. Huh? Another is what your peers think of you. Huh? It’s elite = excellence, not elite ≠ exclusivity.
#8 PROOF POINTS: It's easier and easier to get an A in math
Math grades rise as ACT Math scores fall. Either means the ACT is getting harder (unlikely), or the pressure for grade inflation is increasing. More ribbons going out doesn’t create more Olympians.
#9 Raleigh AI startup Pryon raises $100 million
Just in time learning trumps just in case learning. Hallucinations are emphatic, but wrong. Generative AI is powerful, but LSD hallucinations don’t cut it. Enterprises have little room for error…that’s a big opportunity for companies like Pryon.
#10 Why Shaquille O’Neal led edtech startup Edsoma’s $2.5M seed round
Only 35% of fourth graders are reading at or above grade level, yet more than 90% of kids are gamers. Shaq recognizes that making reading as engaging as gaming (AKA invisible learning) can be a slam dunk.