Does Google get that teachers innovate?

September 13, 2012 at 2:58 pm 4 comments

I love this post! Google’s Eric Schmidt doesn’t grok educators. Since Schmidt highlights “graduate students,” I think he’s dissing professors as well as K-12 teachers when he says that innovation doesn’t come from “established institution” educators.

@EricSchmidt: Innovation never comes from the established institutions. It’s always a graduate students or a crazy person or somebody with a great vision. Sal is that person in education in my view. He built a platform. If that platform works it could completely change education in America.

Mr. Chairman, I hate to say it but you are dead wrong, insultingly wrong, about educators.

Educators (who are probably some of @Google product’s biggest fans) are indeed innovators. What is the main difference between daily innovations and Khan Academy software? Funding. Bill Gates and Google (e.g. you) stumbled upon Khan’s youtube videos, (first made in his closet, by himself) and thought to fund it. Now, with a team, offices, software designers, backed by tons of financial support, Sal Khan can run as far as dreams can take him. I applaud him, don’t misconstrue my point here. I think he’s a really smart guy, doing really smart things, that hit a very lucky break that helps him continue to grow.

via Dear @Google Chairman @EricSchmidt, You Are WRONG About Educators « Christopher Lehman.

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  • 1. Sarita  |  September 13, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I’m pretty sure grad students are affiliated with established institutions. Including the ones that started Google. 😉

  • 2. alfredtwo  |  September 13, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I think Chris Lehman is right on the money with his comments. Google as a company – I don’t think it is always fair to judge a company by things its Chair says – has a mixed relationship with educators. They have been very supportive of the CS4HS program and for funding pilots for the new AP CS exam. They’ve also created some good curriculum resources for things like computational thinking. On the other hand they write most curriculum in-house rather than hiring or contracting teachers to write it with and for them. There is sometimes an attitude of “we know best because we have all these smart people” at times. But at least they want to help. For someone that does know that educators innovate I look to Microsoft’s Parners in Learning and their national and world wide forums. These events both recognize and provide support for educators who are doing innovative things in their classrooms. Full disclosure: Until last Friday I was a Microsoft employee.

  • 3. nickfalkner  |  September 13, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Ah, the ongoing narrative of the elusive self-made titan, titanium bootstraps conveniently fitted with handholds and a mind capable of bringing entire disciplines into being through sheer force of will and no need to look backwards to the dusty tomes of history or the constricting corridors of the colleges.

    It is unsurprising, and yet slightly depressing, that we continue to have this discussion in one form or another. I’m going to blame Ayn Rand. Again.

  • 4. Ernesta  |  September 18, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    I would disagree with the statement about smart guy.
    There are too many people who are smart. It takes more than being smart.
    I would say it is a mixture of smart, lucky and being at the right place at right time


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