There are a lot of different things going on in schools and they're all important. But remedying the relevance disconnect between school and society is the most important educational and equity work of all.
What is the point of education? It can no longer be an either/or question--learning versus experience. The reality is we need both to ensure we have the workforce we need for the next century and the citizens ready to make the most of it.
Nearly 6 million people under age 25 are currently out of work in Europe. At the same time, there could be up to 900,000 unfilled positions in information and communication technology (ICT) by 2020 if we don't take action.
Originally founded with a $60 million grant from Harvard and MIT to develop and implement online learning technologies, edX is expanding into community colleges by offering its massive open online courses.