Why Changing The Subject?
Larry and High Tech High co-founder Rob Riordan were once asked “What should students know in the 21st century”? Their response, never published, but passed from e-mail to e-mail by many teachers, was a two page article entitled “Changing the Subject”. Their answer, in brief, was that in this age of ubiquitous and accessible information, it matters less what students know than what they can do.
“When we learn—really learn—we transform the content, the self, and the social relations of teaching and learning, “ they wrote. “This is what it means to change the subject.”
How We Did It
About the Wise Prize
The WISE Prize in Education, established in 2011 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, intends to “raise global awareness of the crucial role of education in all societies, and create a platform for innovative and practical solutions that might help alleviate some of the challenges which education faces around the world.”
When Larry Rosenstock learned he was a finalist for the WISE Prize in Education, he was asked what he would do with the prize money if he won. His response, “I’d like to share the work of High Tech High students and teachers with the world,” sparked the idea for this book and its accompanying website.