Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Back to School

Fall is here in the Midwest. School buses slow the traffic. The magazines that clog my mailbox have gone from skinny to fat. The news is more robust. Psychologically, we are all going back to school. So, as we inaugurate a new “school” year, I am going back to school myself—figuratively. Over the next nine months, I intend to explore the world of learning and its connection to the broader culture. To kick things off, I will be briefing a group of education leaders from across the country about trends that will affect schools. I will also be exploring new connections between business and education, as both sectors grapple with the need to reform education and raise student achievement. Finally, I will be investigating some of the bravest experiments underway in the quest to break through to a rising generation of youngsters whose minds are wired, not spiral bound. Stay tuned for postings of my adventure.

1 comment :

Patty Pouts said...

Hi Patricia

My husband and I have just been introduced to your fascinating book and views. We have a few questions.

Can you help us understand what you mean by "gen"-are you referring to a particular generation? Is "ren-gen" a certain age group?

As a marketer, my husband wants to know what the specifc demographics of ren-gen are?

Second question: how is rengen different from the thinking, creative generation of the 1960's in America? Was that a renaissance, too?

Thanks for your inspiring ideas!