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The Common Wealth Plan - A Blueprint for Revolutionizing Learning

The Common Wealth Plan - A Blueprint for Revolutionizing Learning

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"What would you tell President Obama if he asked you how to transform education?"

I would tell him that we can revolutionize education enabling every student to achieve his or her educational aspirations by changing the technology of learning from the textbook and teacher lecture to internet connected computers.

We have the ability to provide inexpensive computers, ubiquitous WiFi, and most importantly, learning software that really works. We can make our schools much more productive at lower costs. I invite you to read, critique, and pass along this plan.
"What would you tell President Obama if he asked you how to transform education?"

I would tell him that we can revolutionize education enabling every student to achieve his or her educational aspirations by changing the technology of learning from the textbook and teacher lecture to internet connected computers.

We have the ability to provide inexpensive computers, ubiquitous WiFi, and most importantly, learning software that really works. We can make our schools much more productive at lower costs. I invite you to read, critique, and pass along this plan.

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The Common Wealth Plan
A Blueprint for Revolutionizing Learning
Art Bardige
artbardige@enablearning.com
Sept 2009
The Common Wealth Plan: A Blueprint for Revolutionizing Learning
Page 2

In the following pages I offer nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments,
and common sense; and have no other Preliminaries to settle with the reader,
than that he will divest himself of prejudice and prepossession, and suffer his
reason and his feelings to determine for themselves; that he will put ON, or rather
that he will not put OFF the true character of a man, and generously enlarge his
views beyond the present day.

Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1775
The Common Wealth Plan: A Blueprint for Revolutionizing Learning
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The Common Wealth Plan
A Blueprint for Revolutionizing Learning
Executive Summary

In the 21st century the true wealth of a nation, our common wealth, will be measured by the education
of our children. Today, 88% aspire to get a college degree, yet currently just 40% do. This disparity can
be addressed with a new technology of learning that now exists. It can provide the customized
curriculum all of our children need to learn more productively and emerge from high school ready and
able to succeed in college. Increasing the productivity of teachers, it will lower per-student costs. The
transition to this more efficient and effective learning technology is inevitable. But today, we have the
unique opportunity to use ARRA1 investment to accelerate it. By 2012 every student would come to
school with a computer and be connected to the internet via adequate broadband access, every teacher
would be prepared, and every school would get the new customized technology of learning for every
student.

Goals
2009
2020
College Graduation Rate
40%
88%
Technology of learning
Textbooks with static text
Online programs with customized productive
practice and interactive visualizations
Classroom
Teacher-centered
Student-centered
Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
24:1
Cost per Student
$10,000
$7,500
1.Graduation rates - 88% of our 8th graders aspire to a college degree according to the prestigious Stanford
Bridge Study.2 This ARRA investment offers the promise that they can all achieve one by 2020.

2.The technology of education is changing from the paper, ink, slate, and chalk model that results in one-
size-fits-all static textbooks to online computers providing dynamic, customized curricula. This new
technology of learning can provide every student with a true IEP*.

3.Today\u2019s classroom is focused on group instruction; tomorrow\u2019s classroom will be focused on customized
learning that makes practice productive and builds flexible thinking.

4.Student-teacher ratio in 1960 was 25:1 and cost-per-student in current dollars was $2,6703. To provide more individual attention, schools over the past 50 years have driven down the student-teacher ratio to 15:1, raising the cost of schooling to nearly $10,0004 per student and producing severe shortages of qualified teachers in critical subjects like math and science.5

5.Cost per student\u2013 teacher compensation represents between 40 and 50% of the cost per student, so
increasing the student teacher ratio to 24:1could reduce the cost per student to $7,500\u2020 by 2020, which
* Individualized Educational Plan, required today of all Special Education students, should be an entitlement for all
students. This new customized technology of learning can make such a mandate realistic.
\u2020 In 2009 dollars

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