I’m very pleased to see that education reform has been in the news lately but I’m concerned at the direction the dialog is taking.

 

Too many pundits, educators and leaders are focused on ways we can reform the education system as we know it. Couldn’t we set our sights a little higher and consider education innovation rather than education reform? Shouldn’t we be asking if the fundamentals of school (homework, classes, desks, subject area teachers) do what we need them to do?

These are the questions I try to explore and (I hope) begin to answer in this video.

What do you think, does ed-reform go far enough? Do the fundamentals of school work adequately? Do we need reform or innovation? Let us know in the comments!

Hans Mundahl

Hans Mundahl

Director of Technology Integration at New Hampton School

I've been an educator since 1995 when I first stepped into the classroom as a Fulbright exchange teacher in the former East Germany. Since then I've been an Outward Bound instructor, a teacher, tutor, admission officer, house head, evening administrator on duty and I ran the experiential learning program at New Hampton School for almost ten years. Today I focus on technology integration centered on values-driven technology integration and 1:1 iPad initiatives. Recently I had the chance to help New Hampton School become an Apple Distinguished School and I co-authored the iBook Teaching with the iPad (available on the iBookstore). Now I'm the founder of a scrappy little company (one employee!) called Hans Mundahl and Associates, inc a digital strategy consultancy for schools and non-profits. My free time is usually spent with my family but I'm also passionate about the outdoors and protecting the environment. I'm on the Board of Trustees at the Newfound Lake Region Association and when I have the chance I'm an active hiker, climber, and paddler. My writing appears on EdSocialMedia.com and I speak frequently at technology and education conferences.

http://www.HansMundahl.com