Distribution of resources must be part of conversation on future of education

I added a new map to my photo album on Future of Education today. It's one of many you can see here and here. I've also added an interactive Tutor/Mentor Program Locator, that enables site users to create their own map views.

These are intended to support visual thinking so when we talk about improving learning, we begin to think of all of the places where this improved learning needs to connect with kids. By showing the poverty demographics and locations of poorly performing schools, we aim to focus people on all of the places where the economic and social issue make the challenges of better learning more difficult.

Finally, we use maps to help people see solutions. In the transportation map that I posted today I illustrate that as many as a million people commute past high poverty neighborhoods every day as the go from the suburbs to the city, or reverse their commute from the city to the suburbs. If we can get these people involved in forums like The Future of Education, and looking at all of the great ideas posted by people who submit resources to sites like this, we can begin to get some of those commuters to think about roles they can take to make sure these ideas are reaching kids in the neighborhoods they pass every day.

In this link I provide information about people who are mapping poverty all over the world. What I do in Chicago is a strategy that can be used in all places where youth are left behind because of a lack of consistent resources to make these great learning opportunities more available to them.

It's not enough to talk about what great learning systems would look like, if we're not also talking about what it takes to make those more available to the youth and families who don't have the power to pull those resources into their own neighborhoods. There are many ways students in affluent schools, poor schools and distant schools, can be using the innovations in technology to become leaders in building the knowledge of what works, and of building the motivation of adults all over the world to provide the resources of time, talent and dollars to make these ideas more available in places where poverty makes them less accessible.

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