Here’s five interesting #SocInn links we’re clicking on today:

  1. New York Times: Teaching Is Not a Business David L. Kirp, professor at the University of California, Berkeley, shares his opinion on the current education system in America: "Every successful educational initiative of which I’m aware aims at strengthening personal bonds by building strong systems of support in the schools. The best preschools create intimate worlds where students become explorers and attentive adults are close at hand...While technology can be put to good use by talented teachers, they, and not the futurists, must take the lead. The process of teaching and learning is an intimate act that neither computers nor markets can hope to replicate. Small wonder, then, that the business model hasn’t worked in reforming the schools — there is simply no substitute for the personal element." Youthbuild is mentioned in the piece as an organization which has proven its worth and where personal touch is crucial. New Profit is a proud funder of Youthbuild.
  2. Discover Magazine: Exploring a Culture of Health: Reimagining Medical and Health Education "There is an enormous quantity of potential health and medical content that can be taught. Khan Academy and RWJF decided to focus on developing student preparation resources for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), the exam prospective students must take for admission into medical school. Recognizing that many individuals are passionate about education, Khan Academy hosted a content competition to find talent."
  3. EdSurge: Google Classroom’s Doors Open "Google is officially opening the doors to Classroom, a tool that allows educators to create, organize and manage online assignments using Google Docs and Drive...More than 100,000 educators across 45 countries requested an invite. And from the “tens of thousands” of teachers who piloted Google’s beta, Google got plenty of comments--and yes, tweaked the product, says Zach Yeskel, a product manager on Google’s Apps for Education team. The two most popular requests from teachers, Yeskel reports, were allowing teachers to view student assignments in progress, and a course overview page. With these features added, Google is making Classroom publicly available in 42 languages. Anyone with a Google Apps for Education account can get started."
  4. Huffington Post: A Resident-Led Approach to Realizing American Opportunity Mauricio Lim Miller, founder and CEO of the Family Independence Initiative discusses how communities (residents, and not politicians) are developing real solutions in America. "At the Family Independence Initiative (FII), we have been witnessing and collecting data about these community-led efforts for thirteen years. We know first-hand that the solutions to the problems we all care about--job creation, improving children's education outcomes, quality nutrition--are already being implemented by low-income families. If the efforts don't expand beyond a particular community, it is because as a society we invest in things like 'coaches' and not in the families' initiatives directly." New Profit is a proud funder of Family Independence Initiative.
  5. Forbes: Aligning Learning and Health: A New Framework to Change the Conversation "The movement against childhood obesity, diabetes, and malnutrition is alive and strong, but for some reason, the battle for children’s health takes place in a separate arena from the battle for education...Fortunately, a new education framework is emerging—one that focuses on the rounded development of the child. Known as 'whole-child' development, the approach looks at a student’s physical, social, emotional, and mental wellbeing in conjunction with standard metrics of academic progress. The model, developed in an effort to provide a coordinated approach to health and learning, seeks to align the sectors of education and health—with the child at the center. According to Wayne Giles of the Center for Disease Control (CDC)...it is a model that calls for education and health for the child’s sake. It holds that children cannot reach their full learning potential in school if poor health is holding them back." Peer Health Exchange is highlighted in the article as a civil-sector organization that is successfully pursuing the "whole-child" approach. New Profit is a proud funder of Peer Health Exchange.