Plenty has been said about Steve Jobs in general and about his views on education policy in particular. And Apple’s role in education technology is substantial, to say the least.
This weekend I was sitting on the beach at a wedding and music was playing from a remote speaker with an iPod stuck in it. When the service started the officiant read from an iPad. Trivial, yes, but illustrative of the ways that Jobs changed how we live and genuinely changed industries. You can’t say that about too many people and I do think over time we’ll think about him the same way we think about Edison or Ford.
Jay Greene posted some of Jobs views about education and schools – and Jobs didn’t mince words. Yet while Jobs was clearly frustrated with the state of education it’s worth nothing that his wife, Laurene Powell, has committed herself to improving things. She’s on the boards of several education non-profits (including Teach For America, New Schools Venture Fund, and Stand For Children) and she co-founded College Track.
Disc – It’s a small world out there, Bellwether works with Stand, New Schools, and College Track (and we like Apple technology).