M. Night Shyamalan's 'Sixth Sense' on education
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The Higher Learning Project
We spent all week on "Squawk Box" launching a new segment to the program called: The Higher Learning Project—featuring the new wave of disruptors poised to rethink everything about how we teach, learn, and think.
If you're currently saving for your son or daughter's college education (or maybe thinking about going back to school yourself) or you're concerned about what your kids are being taught in high school, I strongly suggest you spend some time on the interviews below. They may change your whole approach to what we used to know as "higher education."
'The Sixth Sense' for success
He's known for his creepy movies like "The Sixth Sense", "Unbreakable", and "Signs", but M. Night Shyamalan's latest project (five years in the works) is a book using "big data" to look at the flaws of public education in this country. He told us this week that it all started when he was scouting schools for locations to shoot scenes for his movie "The Happening."
The book "I Got Schooled" and the interview were a real education on what's wrong and what's right with the way we teach our kids. Shyamalan also gave us five things the United States can do to lead the world in education again.
College tuition and the Minerva Project
Former Senator Bob Kerrey—who ran The New School for 10 years—helped us understand why college tuition costs have soared so much, and how the college accreditation process is completely upside down.
Kerrey also talked about his work as executive chairman of the Minerva Institute for Research, which supports the Minerva Project's goal of launching an Ivy-caliber university. Founder Bob Nelson joined Kerry on the Squawk set to describe how Minerva plans to reinvent the college experience.
Enhancing interactive learning
Sebastian Thrun gave up his tenure at Stanford University to try to democratize higher education with his new company, Udacity—which offers accessible, affordable, and engaging online classes that anyone can take, anytime. This guy is a brainiac. He also founded Google X, which is home to projects like Google Glass and the self-driving car. His approach to higher learning is truly unique and may change the face of higher education.