January 2013


In this issue

“Disruptive technology,” the term coined by Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen, is most successful in markets “where the alternative is nothing”—an apt description of the centuries-old education model. But just as advances in technology have launched a paradigm shift in learning, public-private partnerships (PPPs) in education have also transformed the learning landscape. These PPPs allow governments to ensure access to quality education while removing educators from the day to day burdens of managing services and maintaining a facility. The newest generation of partnerships reaches beyond infrastructure to deliver school choice via vouchers for poor students, low-cost private schools, and incentives for high-performing teachers.

Inspired by the possibilities of education PPPs, we decided to approach the world’s leading thinkers in education—including U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, edX President Anant Agarawal, and former Washington, D.C. schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee—with big questions of our own. Their responses hint at a future in which even the poorest have access to education and the opportunities that inevitably follow, benefitting households as well as national economies. That’s exactly the sort of “disruptive” approach that earns top marks in our book.


  • 1 Question, 7 Answers

    Grading teachers

    Experts – Carl Bistany, Arne Duncan, Michelle Rhee, Jamil Salmi, Anant Agarawal, V. Darleen Opfer and Emily Lawson

  • Interviews