Why even bother with Superman?

Written by Neeru Khosla on December 13, 2010
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For some time there has been much talk about “Waiting for Superman” but I now feel compelled to join the conversation.

I do believe that this movie did a lot to accelerate the dialogue about what we have done with our education system but to be honest I believe the conversation has headed down the wrong path.The problem is not charter schools vs. public schools and which is better than the other but rather what we, as adults, are doing

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Common Cause

Written by Neeru Khosla on November 3, 2010
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It was really thrilling to be invited to represent the educational part of a recent White House delegation to India, led by White House CTO Aneesh Chopra and Alec Ross, senior adviser for innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.The trip was quite informative for me, since I have not kept up with the educational system in India.

An Indian Classroom

Use of Resources

To be honest, I was expecting the “same old same old” list

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Words with Friends

Written by Neeru Khosla on October 14, 2010
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I am a big fan of Scrabble – I played it on a board until Facebook offered it online. So, I played it with absolute delight with my friends. Life got even more interesting when “Words with Friends” (a twist on Scrabble) was offered on the iPAD and iPhone. Now – I play with my friends, my children, with their friends, colleagues, my nephew and my sister in India.By now you should be asking “where do you

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Cellphoon Reapars (Cellphone Repair)

Written by Neeru Khosla on August 19, 2010
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I cannot help but think about all the money that we are spending on education and educating our future generation. Often I wonder “How much?” “How much is enough?” I struggle with this question and have not come up with any answer yet. We spend billions of dollars and say repeatedly “we are the best country in the world” and yet we are falling behind many other countries in educating our children.

The

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Where do we go from here?

Written by Neeru Khosla on August 5, 2010

You may have noticed that I have not posted on my blog lately. I have been thinking of many things to blog about and have many blogs that I started. I have reached a point where I could not put anything down on paper ideas that I thought were great because every idea made me think about how many things needed to be re-thought.

Everyday we come across a different issue identified as “the issue” – student

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Why the objections?

Written by Neeru Khosla on May 26, 2010

I believe the re-authorization of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is going to be the defining moment of the American educational system. Either it will become realistic and move us towards teaching and learning that will improve our educational system or it will continue on its backward slide into quicksand.

Everyone has something to say about this Act, as they should. I, too, have my

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Change is coming

Written by Neeru Khosla on May 12, 2010

My four kids who have never lifted a finger to help in the kitchen and have very diverse interests provided me a day that I will always remember.  May 8th, 2010, a date I will always remember, because that became a very special Mother’s Day. They finally got the norms as laid out our society for mother’s day – do something special and meaning full for mother on her day (and hopefully the same for father’s day).

I still

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Olympics and TED conference

Written by Neeru Khosla on April 2, 2010

I had a very grueling yet exhilarating experience.  First, I was at the “Olympics for the mind” – The Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) Conference – followed by a week of Winter Olympics Games for the soul in Vancouver. Never assume that the audience is “just watching.”  It is quite hard work to attend these events.

These two events represent a strange but widely accepted truth.  There is a difference in striving to be your best in sports vs. striving to

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We can do better

Written by Neeru Khosla on March 7, 2010

“Never let schooling interfere with your education”

- Mark Twain

The problem of education is not a new problem. It was present in Mark Twain’s time and it is now still present in the 21st century.  How many Einstein’s have we lost in this mode?  During my life I have the privilege to have had several educations,

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To Warehouse or not to warehouse?

Written by Neeru Khosla on January 17, 2010
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The old Roosevelt warhouse on the edge of Corktown has the aura of a graveyard.  It’s as if this is the place where knowledge went to die.
Curt Guyette

Thus read the editorial story of the Detroit Public school Textbook depository that was abandoned after a fire on the third floor of the building on March 4th, 1987.  The building was sold as is with all the books, many in their original wrapping.  The official estimate of damage was estimated

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