Silicon Valley's role in shifting the education sector from access to outcomes
Devex | Fri, Mar 30, 2018
by Catherine Cheney
SAN FRANCISCO — There has been a growing emphasis on the need to frame success in education around learning rather than attendance. But if you ask some entrepreneurs and investors in Silicon Valley, there is still too much emphasis on butts in seats, and not enough attention paid to whether kids are learning.
The timing couldn’t be more critical, said Amy Klement, who leads the philanthropic investment firm Omidyar Network’s education initiative globally. “Anything that can be automated will be automated,” she told Devex.
Increasingly, she is focused on how to prepare young people for jobs of the future, which she said will require 21st century skills and mindsets including collaboration, communication, creativity, and grit.