We have debated for some time now about what we should be teaching our children and how exactly we should be teaching them. The what and the how of education will probably continue to be hot topics for many years to come. But what we are missing, what so many of us are overlooking at this time, is the growing importance of knowledge and innovation in our global economy. The Edvocate was created in 2014 to argue for shifts in education policy and organization in order to enhance the quality of education and the opportunities for learning afforded to America’s students. What we envisage may not be the most straightforward or the most conventional ideas. We call for a relatively radical and certainly quite comprehensive reorganization of America’s P-20 system.
People rage about how America brings foreigners – foreign scientists, academics, and the like – into the country to share ideas and to apply their resources. No doubt, we will also continue to hear complaints about outsourcing operations overseas, companies calling on the resources of other countries to achieve their ends in business. The bigger picture, though, is that America’s workforce currently lacks the necessary knowledge commodities and innovation commodities to be at its most effective. And the problem is only going to get worse. A significant context for The Edvocate in fact, and for any effort to revive and redesign the P-20 education system, is the shift and change in the way we do business, the growing emphasis on knowledge and innovation, and the general transition to a knowledge economy.
In this transitory process, the United States is already lagging well behind the other international powers. Although education is not the only theater in this quiet war for knowledge supremacy, it is one of the most significant, at this time, and one in which, with a little effort, American can quite easily reassert itself. That reassertion, though, and the underlying effort, will have much to do with reviving the American education system, reviving a national love and appreciation of learning. It will involve rekindling the nation’s mind to recognize that the potential of education is not to teach to tests or to make students fit into neat little boxes. It will depend, in our opinion, on the national revival of education as we know it. The Edvocate plans to be one of key architects of this revival, as it continues to advocate for education reform, equity, and innovation.
I hope that you will join us in this discussion of the past, present and future of education and lend your own insight to the issues that are discussed.
We Don’t Mean to Brag
Below you will find a sampling of the awards and accolades that have been garnered by The Edvocate and its staff:
The Edvocate has been featured on the Teachers of Tomorrow’s 2017 List of the Top 50 Teacher Websites for Seriously Dedicated Educators.
Onalytica ranked our founder and Editor in Chief, Matthew Lynch, on its annual list of the “Top 200 Influencers in Edtech and Elearning (2016)”. He came in at #38, up 51 spots from 2015.
Our Editor in Chief, Matthew Lynch was named to the TrustED 20 (November 2016), an inaugural list of 20 education thought leaders who are driving the online conversation about K12 change and innovation.
Iris Connect, an influential edtech company, included The Edvocate on their list of “20 of the best “EdTech accounts to follow on Twitter” (2016). The list was in no particular order, so we assume that we were number one!
Onalytica ranked our founder and Editor in Chief, Matthew Lynch, on its annual list of the “Top 100 Influencers in Edtech and Elearning (2015)”. He came in at #88. We demand a recount! Honestly, we are honored. He expects to be in the “Top 25” next year! Want to view the rankings?
The Edvocate’s Twitter account (@advocatefored) has been named the #1 Twitter account for Edtech News & Media (2015) by Getting Smart.