Sentences to Ponder


1. Disrupting the education monopoly

“The work ahead is really hard because we’re at 8 percent of students in California [attending charters], whereas in New Orleans they’re at 90 percent, so we have a lot of catch-up to do,” Hastings said. “So what we have to do is continue to grow and grow.… It’s going to take 20 to 30 years to get to 90 percent of charter kids.”

2. Don’t surrender the academy

“Given their steady revenues, credentialing authority, political relationships, and millions of alumni uninterested in major change, ‘blowing up’ the existing schools of education is just not a viable option.”

3. Of machines and men 

“Another way of saying this is…” Robin pauses, the Jack Nicholson grin playing at his lips: “I don’t expect a lot out of humans. I love humans, humans are the best species I know, I tenderly enjoy their company and I love them – but I don’t expect high things from them, usually. I know how hard it is to just do the basics, so I don’t get angry at people for just being human.”

4. Peter Thiel on creativity

“I often think of business school—of people who go to business school—as being sort of the anti-Asperger’s extreme,” he said.

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