Context Gives Meaning with Michael Horn Transformative Principal 547 Summer of AI Series

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This episode is part of the Summer of AI Series, brought to you by SchoolAI, Scrible, and FocalPointK12.

Today we are talking with Michael B. Horn about the impact of AI on K12 (and higher) education and it’s level of disruption. 
  • Are students more disengaged because of the pandemic or AI taking over jobs?
  • Anxiety from high school students because it is just far enough away.
  • In every field entry level role becomes something much different.
  • Intermediary places that employ apprentices.
  • Theory of interdependence and modularity.
  • In the early years of a system, different systems have to be done by the same entity.
  • The nature of skills and work is moving so fast
  • Book learning has to be done interdependently with the actual work.
  • willfully blind to the reality.
  • Google has changed the game and so will AI.
  • Combination of human skills with the AI
  • Hard things are still important.
  • Habits of success, social emotional skills, soft skills, etc.
  • What is hard may change.
  • What is scarce may become clearer.
  • It’s easy to get a bunch of gibberish written on the internet.
  • What’s harder is to write something that compels others to take action.
  • How to idenitfy hidden bias in AI.
  • Rhetoric, philosophy, ethics and others are more important now.
  • How we shape the AI and the code itself using ethics, philosophy.
  • Overcorrection of humanities vs. STEM fields.
  • Our ability to be discerning consumers is going to be more important.
  • Are we training AI or is AI training us?
  • Maybe knowledge is less important.
  • Discerning what is fact vs. fiction.
  • Information exists, knowledge gathers it, wisdom is applied knowledge, discernment is knowing when to use it.
  • Schools seek to organize information into knowledge, smart people gain wisdom, and enlightened ones seek for discernment.
  • Context gives meaning.
  • Contrast give meaning.
About Michael Horn

Michael B. Horn strives to create a world in which all individuals can build their passions and fulfill their potential through his writing, speaking, and work with a portfolio of education organizations. He is the author of several books, including the recently released From Reopen to Reinvent: (Re)creating School for Every Child; the award-winning Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns; Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools; Choosing College;and Goodnight Box, a children’s story.

Michael is the co-founder of and a distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a non-profit think tank and an adjunct lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He cohosts the top education podcasts Future U and Class Disrupted. He is a regular contributor to, the New York Sun, and writes the Substack newsletter The Future of Education. Michael also serves as an executive editor at Education Next, and his work has been featured in outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, and NBC. 

Michael serves on the board and advisory boards of a range of education organizations, including Imagine Worldwide, Minerva University, the LearnLaunch Institute, and Guild Education, and is a venture partner at NextGen Venture Partners.

Michael was selected as a 2014 Eisenhower Fellow to study innovation in education in Vietnam and Korea, and Tech&Learning magazine named him to its list of the 100 most important people in the creation and advancement of the use of technology in education. Michael holds a BA in history from Yale University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. 

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Context Gives Meaning with Michael Horn Transformative Principal 547 Summer of AI Series