This concept was just introduced to me. Already a few years old, it has grown from the business world where it was launched and found it’s way to the world of education as a “solution” to the problem that traditional education has in meeting the individual learning needs of all students.
The person behind the phrase/concept is Clayton Christensen (Harvard Business School). His idea makes sense, but his proposed solution for education is off-mark. Probably because he’s coming from a business perspective, he’s simply taken his idea and applied it to “schools” without having a deep appreciation for what learning is and how it happens. That’s okay, his idea still has merit.
Look for a more detailed discussion of his education ideas (in his “Disrupting Class” book) in this space soon. “Disruptive” is good. Fundamental Innovation is good. We just aren’t seeing it.
What I know of Christensen’s education solution so far is that it’s not unlike what “School of One” is doing in NYC under Joel Klein (see yesterday’s post). Actually, Klein got his ideas from Christensen, so there’s a direct link.
The solution to “individualized education” already exists… is it really so unknown to so many?