By Alyson Klein
Disrupting K-12 schooling. Using technology to personalize learning for every student. Student-centric classrooms. Blended learning.
In 2020, these ideas are well-known in education, to the point of becoming overused buzz words, even as rank-and-file teachers remain highly skeptical that they really have the power to transform K-12.
But back in 2008, they were brand new and perhaps best articulated in the book “Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns” by Clayton Christensen, Curtis W. Johnson, and Michael B. Horn.
Horn, one of Christensen’s co-authors, said it’s a mixed bag. On the one hand, schools are moving forward to better customize learning using technology and other strategies. On the other? It’s not easy to transform a large, bureaucratic system.