“Just as kids await the next Harry Potter installment, so do business leaders look for Clayton M. Christensen's next offering.”-Inc. Magazine
The business book of the year-a long-awaited lesson in innovation from the legendary Harvard Business School professor…
With his blockbuster bestseller The Innovator's Dilemma, Clayton M. Christensen created the classic model for g...more
1. Few reforms have address the root cause of students' inability to learn. And most attempts have not been guided by an understanding of the root reasons for why the system functions as it does or how to predictably introduce innovation into it. Without this guidance, we've been destined to struggle. This also means, however, that we now have an...more
It has been said that there is no perfect Pasta Sauce.... For years the companies that produce past sauce had been trying to perfect the single perfect pasta sauce through extensive research and taste testings, and to then market it accordingly. Of course, we not realize that there are, in fact, three! Regular, Spicy, and Extra Chunky. A full third of t...more
The very real value of this useful and, at times, pleasantly surprising book comes from the way the authors apply their expertise in innovation to the field of education. By approaching public education’s crisis with new eyes – and conceptualizing education as a product or service like any other – Clayton M. Christensen (The Innovator’s Dilemma), Michael B. Horn and Curtis W. Johnson provide insights that escape the tired loops of argument th...more
I got the clear impression that these authors were outsiders to the culture and complexity of schools and educational theory. So it's great to have their theory applied to the problem, but a little shaky in the details. For example, they say that "...more
“Innovative chartered schools should be attempts to match school types to fit students’ circu...more
"Online learning is a technological core that can take education into a higher market"
“In higher ed, there wasn't disruption until now because colleges moving up emulated those above. Online learning changes this."
“What's going on in the low end of education today (online learning) is tomorrow's (system of) education."
"If you're trying to deploy a new technology in the...more
Let's begin with some positives, because I am inclined to agree with most of what the author advances. Different students have different needs. Another way to phrase "needs" is with deficiencies. Every student is deficient in a different way, and thus will require a different strategy to correct those deficiencies. The author doesn't use these terms - I'm using them to illustrate how the author is cor...more
Some random thoughts:
1) The idea that a disruptive technology begins NOT in competition with the traditional technology, but filling a niche that was previously empty is fascinating and a bit liberating. It is liberating in that it acknowledges that the new technology is not doing, and perhaps at that point, CAN'T do what the traditional one does. Many people criticize online learning because it can't replace real interactivity of a classroom and that many online courses are junk (which they are...more
The summary of what schools need to work on is perfect.
The author believes that the computers that fill the schools have not been utilized beyond word processing. Unless high schools do something different I believe he is correct.
The author speaks of sustaining innovation and disruptive innovation and noncomsumables and a large number of failed business ventures and how this realtes to schools not embracing the possiblities of technology and why.
Christensen's research on innovation in complex business systems has a surpris...more
Christensen's theory makes a lot of sense: he claims that a well-established organization CAN'T successfully change its own fundamentals, because the gain from massive change is always much smaller than the gain from incremental change. (Organizat...more
Some acute observations are those regarding "intellectual cliques" (p. 37), which highlight how various subjects tend to cater to particular intelligence types/learning styles; implementation issues a...more
I was inspired to write a longer review for Amazon as I th...more
Here is the thing, that Christensen only somewhat touches on. Having a child that is allowed to learn on an individual level, and in the way that...more