The GSV Big 10: Need for Speed
Here's your weekly coverage corner for the top 10 stories, insights, and major plays in learning and skilling.
#1 Employers Rethink Need for College Degrees
This is going to be a persistent trend. The four-year degree isn't dying...but it's finding competition. It's "knowledge" not "college" that’s most relevant, especially in a world where companies are starving for talent. “Google U” has had over 100,000 people complete its college-alternative program.
#2 Have the Anticapitalists Reached Harvard Business School?
As we wrote in The Mission Corporation last year, capitalism needs a refresh. While ESG has recently become SOL in the public markets, the future is clear. Curtis Welling, a professor at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, asks his students every year whether capitalism needs to be reformed. A decade ago, roughly one-third said yes. This year, two-thirds said yes.
#3 Even University Presidents Lose Their Minds When Their Teens Apply to College
There's a reason why doctors don't operate on family members. If university presidents struggle with the college application process, then how can we expect first-generation college students to complete the process? Removing friction from this laborious task is a way to give more people equal opportunity to participate in the future.
#4 Video: These Glasses Caption and Translate Conversations in Real-Time
AI-powered smart glasses that can caption and translate conversations in real-time will be a huge game changer for the deaf or hard of hearing. Live subtitles will be revolutionary for how we recall, store, and process information. This will also be a major accelerator for translating different languages.
#5 The Zombie Survival of Affirmative Action
Let’s start with the absurdity of how many applicants you reject being a sign of success, with Harvard rejecting 97% of its applicants last year. Adding to the insanity, according to a Duke economics professor’s study, for an Asian American male with good grades and high SAT scores, the odds of admission to Harvard are 25%. If they were an African American male instead, the odds are 95%.
#6 How Colleges and Sports-Betting Companies 'Caesarized' Campus Life
"Show me the money" has made its way into almost every aspect of today's college campus.
#7 Mutual Respect
“Colleges have helped polarize American society by teaching students to consider classroom questions as political debates rather than academic debates. Political debating is what candidates do during elections. It’s toxic and polarizing, and it has found a place in debating on college campuses.” Amen.
#8 Microschools, Apprenticeships And Edtech Companies Vie For $1 Million Yass Prize
An American Revolution is occurring in public schools across the United States, with Black and Brown families leading the fight. It wasn’t working before, despite spending an enormous amount of money for public schools, and the pandemic became the Boston Tea Party.
#9 ASU, Mastercard Foundation partner with Ethiopia on online learning
800,000 young people and 35,000 faculty and instructors in Ethiopia will have access to quality higher education thanks to this partnership between ASU and the Mastercard Foundation. That’s what we call a Weapon of Mass Instruction.
#10 Sheryl Lee Ralph is all about the next generation
What the world needs now is (tough) love, sweet love. Sheryl Lee Ralph is known for her Emmy-winning performance as a kindergarten teacher on the comedy series Abbott Elementary. She also has thoughts on how to improve education beyond the screen – see here for a recent interview with NPR’s Terry Gross.