Category: Education

Neurodiversity: We Need to Think Differently About People Who Think Differently

HBR has what I think is their first ever piece on the topic of neurodiversity as a competitive advantage.  I recently had the chance to speak with Rajesh Anandan, co-founder and CEO of Ultra Testing (as well as SVP of Strategic Partnerships at UNICEF ventures), a firm built around a neurodiverse workforce. We discussed not just

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Harvard’s money managers get a (very) public scolding.

(Ed: This couldn’t be said in private?) The Urgency of the Present Sub-par endowment returns are one of the greatest threats to Harvard today By THE CRIMSON EDITORIAL BOARD September 28, 2016 Harvard faces numerous pressing issues: a suboptimal social scene, growing competition from other universities for talent, and critical challenges to diversity and inclusion.

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It’s Time to Reinvent Liberal Arts Education

2015 was a tumultuous year for higher education, and I doubt 2016 will be much different. Higher education, especially in America, is going through the most dramatic evolution in its modern history, and we see those changes — pedagogical, cultural, financial — across campuses throughout this country. With the cost of college seemingly on an ever-in creasing trajectory,

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Tomorrow’s Jobs Demand We Reinvent Mathematical Education Today

“In the future, there will be only two kinds of people: people who know math and people who work for them.” These words were said to me a few years ago by a colleague at Accenture, and they came back to mind as I looked over a presentation made by Dr. William Jaco, a mathematician at Oklahoma State University,

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Are Our Best and Brightest Also Our Least Productive?

A second-year MBA student at a top-five business school recently wrote to me for advice about career choice and whether he should go into finance or management consulting. His ultimate goal, he said, was “to make enough money to teach when I’m older.” The discussion with this student reminded about an article that the Nobel economist Robert Schiller wrote on ProjectSyndicate a

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No More eMBAs for China’s Political Elite

The FT ran a short but interesting piece today on the latest target of Xi Jinping’s dramatic anti-corruption campaign. The latest target is not fancy cars or expensive vacation homes. It’s education. Notes the FT: Chinese officials are rushing to pull out of executive MBAs after Xi Jinping’s government banned them from accepting scholarships as

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The Latest Derivative: Your Earnings Tomorrow for College Today

The New York Times ran a piece on July 3rd by Richard Pérez-Peña about a proposal working its way through the Oregon legislature that would allow students to attend college today at no cost in return for forfeiting a part of their future earnings. As the article notes: This week, the Oregon Legislature approved a

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