LinkedIn’s CEO Thinks His $1.5B Buy Will Make You Smarter

from Wired ONLINE JOB-TRAINING SITE Lynda has built a library of more than 6,300 courses that teach business and technology skills from better navigating Excel to using design software. And now that library belongs to LinkedIn. The $1.5 billion acquisition, which is the largest in LinkedIn’s history, is part of CEO Jeff Weiner’s master plan to make LinkedIn not just a resume repository, but a place for professionals to manage their careers and, increasingly, learn new skills—especially in the world’s fastest-growing economies.  In the last year, LinkedIn has more than doubled its Chinese user base, but still only 9 million of […]

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Past Drug Charges Derail a Law Student’s Education

from NYTs David Powers came out of a drug rehabilitation program about 15 years ago hungry to swing his life in a significantly different direction. And that he did. He went back to college and graduated with a 3.9 grade point average. He was hired at a major accounting firm, worked in senior positions at three hedge funds, and was accepted to the law school at St. John’s University. Mr. Powers still calls the day of his arrest, when he was pulled off a destructive path, the “best day of my life.” Halfway through his coursework, while trying to get […]

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What Education Can and Can’t Do for Economic Inequality

from The Atlantic Would better education significantly reduce income inequality in America? No, says recent study from the Brookings Institution. But that doesn’t mean that better education wouldn’t help the overall economic picture. The study suggests that improving education does in fact help the economic situations of poorer Americans, even though it does little to whittle away at overall inequality in the country.   According to Melissa Kearney, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, “Increasing education isn’t going to do anything to bring down the wages of the real top—or address rising inequality focused on the 1 percent—but it is what’s […]

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The Hackathon Fast Track, From Campus to Silicon Valley

from NYTs Shariq Hashme squints at his laptop screen as he scrolls through hundreds of lines of computer code. “I can’t even make sense of it right now,” he says with a grimace. The long string of numbers, symbols and letters would usually be intelligible to Mr. Hashme, a 21-year-old computer science major at the University of Maryland, College Park, but at this moment, he’s having trouble even keeping his eyes open. In the last 27 hours, he has slept just two. It’s 2:37 a.m. on a Sunday, and he is toiling alongside 671 young software engineers who are camped […]

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How America’s Education Model Kills Creativity and Entrepreneurship

from Forbes The current model of education in the United States is stifling the creative soul of our children. While this is troubling for a variety of reasons, it also has significant economic consequences for the future of our country. America has long been unique because of its remarkable ingenuity, innovative capacity and entrepreneurial spirit. Yet over the last few decades, we have witnessed both a steady decline in the number of startups, as well as an increasing number of studies that suggest America’s education model fails to promote the kind of creativity, risk-taking, and problem solving skills necessary for entrepreneurship, […]

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Management in a Digital Economy

from Bits Blog “Business schools are a legacy industry that is trying to adapt to a digital world.” That is a quotation from Douglas M. Stayman, associate dean of Cornell Tech in New York, summing up an article published today. The challenge business schools face is a sign of the broader test of leadership and management across industry. It’s certainly taken time; technology transforms the economy less like a tidal wave than like a steadily rising tide. Yet by now, nearly every business is in good part a digital business. Take your pick — retailing, advertising, media, health care, finance, even farming. A […]

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Online Education Run Amok?

from Politico Massive open online courses, first envisioned as a way to democratize higher education, have made their way into high schools, but Washington is powerless to stop the flood of personal data about teenage students from flowing to private companies, thanks to loopholes in federal privacy laws. Universities and private companies this fall unveiled a slew of free, open-access online courses to high school students, marketing them as a way for kids to supplement their Advanced Placement coursework or earn a certificate of completion for a college-level class. But when middle and high school students participate in classes with […]

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