I recently read a new book on education and learning: "Chalkbored: What's Wrong with School & How to Fix It"
by Jeremy Schneider. This is a self-published book drawing on
Schneider's experience as a high school teacher in both the U.S. and
Canada. It is not an academic research study but rather is a
refreshing (some might say radical) commentary on the current
educational system and vision for a solution based on data and
While the focus is on K-12, many of the lessons and potential solutions ring true for all education levels: school reform will rely on some fundamental changes, many of which can be achieved with the help of technology and collective action. Many of the issues and solutions gel nicely with the idea of experiential and participant-centered learning, so I thought it was a nice fit with what has been explored here to date. At the very least, those of us who design learning products and environments would do well to hear about the challenges of the educational classroom environment firsthand.