How Can Schools Thrive On Uncertainty?

When it comes to crises, Nassim Nicholas Taleb is worth listening to. Often regarded as one of the few people to predict the 2008 global financial crash, he coined the term “black swan” to mean a rare and unpredictably catastrophic event.

Since then, Taleb has argued for a radical change in the way we think about – and design – our systems to not just survive but thrive on volatility, uncertainty and randomness. As he wrote in 2012: “If antifragility is the property of all those natural (and complex) systems that have survived, depriving these systems of volatility, randomness, and stressors will harm them. They will weaken, die, or blow up. We have been fragilizing the economy, our health, political life, education, almost everything … by suppressing randomness and volatility.”

While resilient systems can resist those sudden changes and shocks, it’s more interesting to look at those that thrive

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Five Ways Higher Education Can Thrive (Not Just Survive) Post-Pandemic

Tal Frankfurt is the Founder and CEO of Cloud for Good, a Salesforce partner that creates transformational value with technology.

The higher education sector finds itself at a historic crossroads. At this intersection appears two varying paths: one headed in the same direction that led to this crossroads, and the other branching off in an entirely new direction. 

Institutions nationwide are grappling with a rocky start to fall semester as a result of Covid-19’s overstayed welcome. Those fairing best are the institutions adaptable to change and ready to make mindful pivots in their technology strategy. A coronavirus vaccine likely won’t be ready any time soon, and an incoming recession will likely lead to more people headed back to school.

While higher education can sometimes be slow to evolve, the pandemic has precipitated change for institutions on a widescale. Here are five ways in which higher education can adjust to

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5 ways parents can help kids thrive amid remote learning

Although schools across the country have been back in session for a few weeks, and some even longer, it can help for parents to take a step back periodically and evaluate how it’s going so far. Especially if your child has been participating in virtual learning or a blend of online classes and attending school in-person a few days a week. 

“Not every learning environment works for every child and now is a good time to evaluate what works for your child,” says Peter Robertson, president of Laurel Springs School, an online school that’s been providing distance learning for nearly 30 years.

“Any parent knows that transitions are the hardest things for your family,” says Sarah Brown Wessling, an Iowa-based teacher who won the prestigious Teacher of the Year award in 2010. But parents shouldn’t forget that they’ve made it through transitions before, likely dozens of times before the Covid-19

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