NEW YORK — It’s one thing to say tech geniuses don’t need degrees. After all, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg all dropped out of college.
But now we’ve got David Karp, who doesn’t even have a high school diploma. Karp, 26, founded Tumblr, the online blogging forum, and sold it to Yahoo for $1.1 billion.
Which raises the question: When is it OK for a wunderkind to drop out of school?
Some folks in Silicon Valley and elsewhere say a conventional education can’t possibly give kids with outsize talents what they need. Others, like Vivek Wadhwa, a fellow at Stanford Law School who teaches and advises startup companies, say dropping out to pursue a dream is like “buying a lottery ticket — that’s how good your odds are here. More likely than not, you will become unemployed. For every success, there are 100,000 failures.”
But what about kids who are so good at computer programming that schools can’t teach them what they need to know? “That’s what internships are for; that’s what extracurricular activities are for,” says Wadhwa, who has founded two companies.
Headteachers today passed a vote of no confidence in the Government’s education policies.
Many of Education Secretary Michael Gove’s reforms are “not in the best interests of children”, according to delegates at the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) conference in Birmingham.
The union raised particular concerns about the new national curriculum, major test and exam reform and schools being forced into becoming academies.
Tim Gallagher, proposing the motion, said: “Enough is enough. T
While we live in a market-driven economy, where winning and wealth accumulation are desired outcomes, education advocates on all sides of the political aisle currently assert that public schools are failing our children, especially minorities and low-income students. Education is a common good; it is the stepping-stone through which students can make something better of their futures. Therefore, we should not be setting up a system to create winners and losers.
Given the reality that we should be educating all children, it may surprise the uninformed observer that the market-based approach is alive and well in the education field – driving a set of reforms that is slowly eroding our public school system and creating an even wider and more troubling achievement gap; ensuring that more affluent students have access to better schools and more resources, while low-income students receive a second-class education. La
Hazel Bauman of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Larry Parsons of Roseburg, Ore., and Stephen Rowley of Tukwila interviewed for the job.
One of them is “Candidate A,” the name the board agreed to extend a contract to Tuesday night at a special meeting.
The district needs an interim superintendent because of the resignation of Greg Lynch, whose contract will end June 30. Lynch is leaving to become superintendent of the Olympic Educational Service District 114 on July 1.
Coeur d’Alene School District Superintendent Bauman said she would be prepared to leave northern Idaho, where she has spent the lion’s share of her career, in part because she has grandchildren here. “You don’t know how attached you’re going to be to grandchildren until they become part of your life,” she said.
During her interview Sunday, Bauman touted her experience in getting levies and bond measures passed by being visible within the district and out in the community. “We have not failed a levy since I’ve been superintendent,” she said. “I know how to pass levies. I got it down. It’s super hard work.”
May Day Chicago 2013 Federal Plaza Photos
The first rally started at 2 p.m. in Union Park at Ashland and Lake. There was also a rally and march at the Haymarket monument on Randolph. The crowd made its way to Federal Plaza for a rally that lasted from 4 until about 5:30 pm
More than 1,000 immigration rights activists have begun marching along Chicago streets from the Near West Side to Federal Plaza downtown, as part of an annual May Day rally calling for reforming immigration laws and ending deportation.
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