Education and Venture Capital Funding

Clarence Fisher, Australian Financial Review, Jul 23, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Clarence Fisher looks at the numbers...

... and then comments: "What worries me is that the grand majority of new products and investment money in education is not going to companies looking at the 'big picture' of education... none of the companies in my small list are concerned with connecting students in new or better ways. None of them are helping students to become more engaged with the important problems that our society faces. None of them are helping students to become more passionate learners. None of them are focused on creativity. Instead, millions of dollars is being invested in companies who are offering products to help students learn old skills more efficiently." Yes. It's a bit overstated, but there's an irony there.

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