What Jay-Z Can Teach Us About The Future Of Education

**Great article we found on FastCompany.com.**

Forget iPads in classrooms, we need to bring aspiration back to education.

In his 2010 book Decoded, prolific rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z (a man who has the most number one singles of any solo artist) wrote about why urban youth are attracted to the drug game:

“I hit the streets for the same reason a lot of other kids do: I … loved the idea of cutting myself loose from the rules and low ceilings of the straight world. The truth is that most kids on the corner aren’t making big money … The kid on the streets is getting a shot at a dream. The dream is that he will be the one to make this hustling thing pay off in a big way … they’re working because they think they’re due for a miracle. The kid in McDonald’s gets a check and that’s it. There’s no dream in fast food. Manager? That’s a promotion, not a dream. It took me a long time to realize how much courage it took to work at McDonald’s. … But at that time, it seemed like an act of surrender to a world that hated us.”

 

 

The passage underscores an essential question: How much is it the job of education to provide not only the skills for but a belief in the possibility of the future?

We’re in the midst of an epochal shift in the delivery mechanisms and content of education, thanks to a set of converging factors: the rise of wireless Internet in schools, the proliferation of low-cost web-enabled mobile devices, the massive financial pressure schools experience to deliver more for less, and the specter of a world catching up and surpassing the U.S. in global student performance.

 

 

In some cases, the new opportunities of how educational content is delivered are actually changing what content kids are seeing. Perhaps the best known example of this shift is the Khan Academy, which produces accessible, micro-lessons about important topics. Beyond Khan, dozens of other startups such as StudySync andLearnZillion are producing high-quality next-generation lessons. As educational games mature, they increasingly become a form of content themselves–no longer just an exercise for practice, but the actual vehicle through which children learn new concepts.

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