A Tsunami is Coming [Disruptive Education]

A disruptive tsunami is coming.

Tsunamis are subtle at first, even though they grow when they approach the shore. The common person can’t tell the real danger of a tsunami until it’s too late. They think it’s just another wave.

Kohl’s, Sears, and JCPenney dismissed Amazon as an online book retailer. Blockbuster ignored Netflix instead of altering its business plan.

Now, the majority of the education industry is ignoring online resources and project-based learning. They are dismissing schools that are centered around each individual student, instead sticking to the industrial model.

The wave is approaching the shore. Will you surf it or let it sweep you away? Will you join disruptors like Netflix and Amazon, or will you fall victim like Sears and Blockbuster?

Some parents and educators have decided to grab their boards and ride the wave. They recognize that our education system needs to change. They see the value in online and project-based learning that gives the power to the child. Will you join them?

Like all disruption, this concept is a relatively new one. The term “disruptive education”¬†was coined by Professor Clayton Christensen. You can read more about the technical aspects of disruptive education in this blog from the Christensen Institute.

For me personally, I am creating a path to complete high school using disruptive techniques like online programs and courses, apprenticeships, and self-driven projects. I am piecing these together to make a plan that will be converted into a high school transcript and some college credits.

It’s not going to be easy. Just like surfing a tsunami, it has rarely been done before. Will I stand up to give a speech and fall flat? Will I drop the ball trying juggle various courses? Will my mind go blank in the middle of a pitch?

I’m not sure what the future holds. The one thing I am certain about, though, is that it will be worth it.


2 Replies to “A Tsunami is Coming [Disruptive Education]”

  1. Good for you. Disruptive is what used to be called a “Paradigm Shift”, or “Thinking Outside the Box”, but the main point is to think “Different”, or differently from the main stream. Keep at it, I love where you’re going.


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