The GSV Big 10: Power to the Parents!
Here's your weekly coverage corner for the top 10 stories, insights, and major plays in learning and skilling.
#1 The Children Win in North Carolina
The Tide keeps rolling as North Carolina became the tenth state to approve universal school choice last week. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper described the school choice bill as a “state of emergency” aimed to “choke the life out of public education.” Gov. Cooper was happy to choose private school for one of his daughters, but when the legislators were ready to give North Carolinians the same choice, suddenly it was an attack on public schools. Power to the parents!
#2 Home schooling today is less religious and more diverse, poll finds
Gone is the myth that homeschooling is only for the religious right. Instead, homeschooling today is more racially diverse (majority-minority), ideologically diverse (evenly Red and Blue), and more open to public schooling (37% of parents say their home-schooled child takes some classes or subjects from a public or private school). Homeschool is evolving …and looks a lot like our country.
#3 20-year-old Quddus Pativada built one of the hottest AI study tools while he was still in high school. He's now launching it for schools.
Quddus Pativada set out to create a new AI-powered study assistant nearly a year before ChatGPT debuted on the world stage. That’s now a company called ASI (formerly known as Digest.ai). ASI meets students where they learn, no matter where they are: in 3 weeks, ASI reached over 10,000 users in Ghana alone, and students could use it with a 2G connection.
#4 So Much for 'Learn to Code'
The past 30 years were Revenge of the Nerds…the next 30 will be Back to the Future. Computer Science degrees were long sold as the safest paths towards 21st job security; now, software engineers are the American workers who think AI will have the biggest impact on their livelihood. Hopefully we’ll invest as much time and resources in developing the “7 C’s” as we did for Coding.
#5 VIDEO: A Conversation with Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt on State Leadership in Education
Governor Stitt is leading the charge in creating meaningful change in the education system. This past May, he signed a universal private school choice bill into law. Check out his plans for his second term for governor in the interview below.
#6 TeachMe.To lands $2M to connect beginner athletes with local coaches
We’ve integrated technology into every aspect of sports, and now that includes finding a great coach. TeachMe.To provides access to local lessons in more than 100 US cities from vetted coaches in pickleball, tennis, golf, surfing, and boxing. They’ve got 27 million US kids playing sports as potential customers.
#7 To boost public school enrollment, NYC proposes $21 million ad campaign
Spending millions on ads is not the answer to boost public school enrollment. New York City spends well over $25,000 a pupil annually for education, yet families get dismal results. 64% of Black students in NYC can’t read…that’s an emergency that’ll take more than money to solve.
#8 PODCAST: Exploring the Impact of AI in Education with PowerSchool's CEO & Chief Product Officer
PowerSchool serves over 50M students globally and over 75% of students in North America. Now, they’re looking to transform from a Student Information System to a Student IntelligenceSystem. PowerSchool isn’t just building AI apps for supplemental learning…they're trying to build the operating system.
#9 Campus drones, student norms, and the toxic collegiate culture
Higher education has lost the plot. There’s 4,500 universities, but only 1 point of view…and an army of administrators trained to enforce it. Among college administrators, liberals outnumber conservatives by 12 to 1, which was already twice the rate among faculty.
#10 Princeton professor, free speech leader hopeful about academic freedom initiative
Princeton’s new ethics center is an investment in defending academic freedom after a decade under siege. If a university’s mission is to pursue the truth, then ensuring free speech should be essential. Bottom-up movements led by groups such as FIRE will help push the mission for freedom even further.