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P&G CEO McDonald Seeks More Discontinuous Innovation

Wed, 07/11/2012
Information Week
While announcing P&G's sales of Pringles to Kelloggs, CEO shares his desire for products or technologies that create entirely new brand categories, new capabilities.

By Chris Murphy

[PARENTS, IF YOU HAVE A CONTACT AT P&G WHO CAN FLAG DOWN MR. MCDONALD, THIS IS THE TIME TO URGE THAT THE WWW.HSEVERYWHERE.COM BUSINESS PLAN BE REVIEWED THERE.]

Procter & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald is pushing the consumer goods giant for more "discontinuous innovation," meaning products or technologies that create entirely new brand categories or new capabilities, rather than just improve an existing product.

ExxonMobil Ads for Corporate Education Reform

Wed, 07/11/2012
Schools Matter
[PARENTS, HAVE YOU SEEN EXXONMOBIL'S TELEVISION COMMERCIALS TOUTING HOW IMPORTANT EXXONMOBIL THINKS IT IS THAT OUR COUNTRY INVEST IN EDUCATION? DO YOU GET A WARM, FUZZY FEELING? IF NOT, YOU'RE NOT ALONE.]

Saturday, May 05, 2012, by Jim Horn

ExxonMobil is one of the chief sources of ad revenue that feeds the obscenely-inflated cash prizes of the PGA. The Masters--brought to you by ExxonMobil, Jim Nance croons, from all the Augusta National Golf Club, the entirely pristine, manicured, and all-male bastion just miles from a ghosty and deserted streets downtown Augusta that even the panhandlers have deserted.

A School Fix Without a Fight

Tue, 07/10/2012
The Wall Street Journal
By Stephanie Banchero

The Republican governor of Ohio, the Democrat mayor of Cleveland and the local teachers union have united to overhaul how teachers are hired, fired and paid, a rare example of cooperation in education that some critics warn could still face challenges in the implementation.

The overhaul, signed into law by Gov. John Kasich this month, will allow the district to link teachers' pay, in part, to student test scores, and to lay off teachers based on performance instead of seniority. It will also let the district fire teachers after two years of poor performance, based in part on test scores.

America Has Too Many Teachers

Mon, 07/09/2012
The Wall Street Journal
By ANDREW J. COULSON

President Obama said last month that America can educate its way to prosperity if Congress sends money to states to prevent public school layoffs and "rehire even more teachers." Mitt Romney was having none of it, invoking "the message of Wisconsin" and arguing that the solution to our economic woes is to cut the size of government and shift resources to the private sector. Mr. Romney later stated that he wasn't calling for a reduction in the teacher force—but perhaps there would be some wisdom in doing just that.

Pepsi Brings Back the King of Pop

Sat, 05/05/2012
Wall Street Journal
Click the above link for the entire article by Mike Esterl and Suzanne Vranica.

[HSeverywhere seeks to ramp up productivity of secondary education; PepsiCo seeks to ramp up sales of a certain soft drink, sports drink, potato chip brand and one of the oatmeals. Could an HSeverywhere/PepsiCo marriage be a solution made in heaven?]

"PepsiCo is boosting its overall marketing budget this year by as much as $600 million, or by about 20%. [bold emphasis by HSeverywhere] The extra money is going to a dozen large global brands, which also include Lay's potato chips, Gatorade sports drinks and Quaker oatmeal. The company has been pouring more funds into Pepsi, its biggest brand by revenue, since last year."

Education Is the Key to a Healthy Economy

Thu, 05/03/2012
Wall Street Journal
Click on the link to read the full article by George Shultz and Eric Hanushek. There they are again, George Shultz and Eric Hanushek. Hey, let's say it one more time: George Shultz and Eric Hanushek. Ok, fine, for a bit more spoof . . .

This article is interesting in that it parrots the same well-worn warnings and paraphrased sound bites so often echoed by politicians, public officials and others who tactfully flock to cameras and the occasional newspaper that will agree to print an article . . . and name the writers. (Leaving well enough alone, geez!, let's not encourage these two fellas to begin pushing for yet another misguided multibillion-dollar program of who knows what.)

Educating the Next Steve Jobs

Thu, 05/03/2012
Wall Street Journal
"How can schools teach students to be more innovative? Offer hands-on classes and don't penalize failure"

Click on the link to read the Tony Wagner article.

Quotes from the article:

"Most of our high schools and colleges are not preparing students to become innovators."

". . . young Americans learn how to innovate most often despite their schooling--not because of it."

"The culture of learning in programs that excel at education for innovation emphasize what I call the three P's--play, passion and purpose. The play is discovery-based learning that leads young people to find and pursue a passion, which evolves, over time, into a deeper sense of purpose.

"Mandating that schools teach innovation as if it were just another course or funding more charter schools won't solve the problem. The solution requires a new way of evaluating student performance and investing in education." [read the HSeverywhere business plan]

Mr. Wagner, a former high-school teacher, is the Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard. His book is "Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World.

New Calculation: Math in Preschool

Mon, 12/19/2011
Wall Street Journal


Chicago Teachers Add Principles of Arithmetic to Early-Childhood Education, Laying Base for Higher-Level Skills Later On

By STEPHANIE BANCHERO CHICAGO—Scores of preschool and kindergarten teachers across the city are embedding math concepts into daily classroom activities, in a promising new program that gives students a foundation for more complex math and logical-thinking skills in later grades.

The Early Mathematics Education Project at Erikson Institute, a nonprofit graduate school in child development, has already trained about 300 Chicago preschool and kindergarten teachers at 150 schools, funded by grants from local foundations and Chicago Public Schools.

City Schools Gain in Reading, Math

Thu, 12/08/2011
Wall Street Journal
By STEPHANIE BANCHERO

URBAN ELEMENTARY STUDENTS STILL LAG FAR BEHIND THE NATIONAL AVERAGES, ACCORDING TO FEDERAL DATA

Large urban school districts have made steady progress on national elementary school math and reading exams over the past nine years but continue to score far below national averages, according to federal data released Wednesday. Enlarge Image . Results of the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress show that scores in urban districts rose slightly or remained flat since the exams were last given in 2009—similar to the national performance.