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Around the World in 30 Days – April 2018

C.M. Rubin’s Global Education Report

Nuclear weapons have been used twice in warfare: in the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.  As the threat of nuclear warfare drew closer last year, it was announced that Beatrice Fihn and her advocacy group, The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), had won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for their inspiring work behind the first treaty to prohibit nuclear arms.  The campaign won the prize for their work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons. What can we learn about innovation from those who seek to abolish nuclear weapons? Beatrice Fihnjoined us in The Global Search for Education.

Computers learning from big data have created a new source of knowledge for society. Computers can already tell us many things, including who to date and what stocks to buy.  And given the speed at which they are being developed, how long will it be before computers can write our high school essays or speak any foreign language, or even drive us to school? Charles Fadel, author of Four-Dimensional Education: The Competencies Learners Need to Succeed, has just taught the first-ever class at Harvard Graduate School of Education on “Machine Learning + Human Learning”. He joined us to discuss how learners will keep up with the machines.

According to the Paris Agreement, global emissions must peak by 2020 and then start declining if we want to keep the average global temperature increase under 2° Celsius. Climate change is the environmental challenge of this generation and it’s critical that youth are involved because they will ultimately inherit the earth. The Millennial Bloggers are based all over the world. They are innovators in entrepreneurship, journalism, education, entertainment, and academic scholarship. This month we asked them to share their perspectives on the fundamental changes across economies and society needed to combat Climate Change.

Many know Chris Messina as the guy who invented the Twitter hashtag, but Chris Messina has actually spent the last decade being a game changer with many other innovations including Drupal, Firefox, Flock, BarCamp, Google+, Uber Developer’s Platform, and open web communities, to name but a few. He is also the Co-Founder of The Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards recently named Chris a 2018 honoree. In an age where social media technologies have transformed how we communicate, how we find out about world issues, and more importantly, how we take action on them, it seemed like a timely idea to chat with Chris about the good and the bad of our tools of the moment.

Our thanks once again to all our amazing teachers, millennials, other contributors and supporters around the world. We look forward to more of your contributions next month. When it comes to the world of children, there is always more work to be done.

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C. M. Rubin

Join me and globally renowned thought leaders including Sir Michael Barber (UK), Dr. Michael Block (U.S.), Dr. Leon Botstein (U.S.), Professor Clay Christensen (U.S.), Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond (U.S.), Dr. MadhavChavan (India), Charles Fadel (U.S.), Professor Michael Fullan (Canada), Professor Howard Gardner (U.S.), Professor Andy Hargreaves (U.S.), Professor Yvonne Hellman (The Netherlands), Professor Kristin Helstad (Norway), Jean Hendrickson (U.S.), Professor Rose Hipkins (New Zealand), Professor Cornelia Hoogland (Canada), Honourable Jeff Johnson (Canada), Mme. Chantal Kaufmann (Belgium), Dr. EijaKauppinen (Finland), State Secretary TapioKosunen (Finland), Professor Dominique Lafontaine (Belgium), Professor Hugh Lauder (UK), Lord Ken Macdonald (UK), Professor Geoff Masters (Australia), Professor Barry McGaw (Australia), Shiv Nadar (India), Professor R. Natarajan (India), Dr. Pak Tee Ng (Singapore), Dr. Denise Pope (US), Sridhar Rajagopalan (India), Dr. Diane Ravitch (U.S.), Richard Wilson Riley (U.S.), Sir Ken Robinson (UK), Professor Pasi Sahlberg (Finland), Professor Manabu Sato (Japan), Andreas Schleicher (PISA, OECD), Dr. Anthony Seldon (UK), Dr. David Shaffer (U.S.), Dr. Kirsten Sivesind (Norway), Chancellor Stephen Spahn (U.S.), Yves Theze (LyceeFrancais U.S.), Professor Charles Ungerleider (Canada), Professor Tony Wagner (U.S.), Sir David Watson (UK), Professor Dylan Wiliam (UK), Dr. Mark Wormald (UK), Professor Theo Wubbels (The Netherlands), Professor Michael Young (UK), and Professor Minxuan Zhang (China) as they explore the big picture education questions that all nations face today.

The Global Search for Education Community Page

C. M. Rubin is the author of two widely read online series for which she received a 2011 Upton Sinclair award, “The Global Search for Education” and “How Will We Read?” She is also the author of three bestselling books, including The Real Alice in Wonderland, is the publisher of CMRubinWorld and is a Disruptor Foundation Fellow.

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