Category Archive for: Education Reform

Dropping Out Is Overrated: Why It’s Better To Start Up While You’re Still In School

Note: this post was originally published on FORBES in FORBES Entrepreneurs.  Since the beginning of my freshman year, I have been working on ThirdEye, a product that empowers visually impaired persons by telling them what they are looking at (see a demo here). Within nine months, even while being “full-time students” at Penn, our team was able to build…

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Leveraging Every One of Your Tuition Dollars for Your Startup

Note: This post was originally published in Wharton Entrepreneurship.   For the entirety of my freshman year, I worked on building a startup with a group of three other freshmen. Our big idea was ThirdEye: a product that empowers visually impaired persons by telling them what they are looking at. During our freshmen year, our team of…

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How Running A Startup Taught Me More Than School Ever Could

Note: This article was originally published in Forbes under Forbes Entrepreneurship. I just turned 19 and started my second year at the University of Pennsylvania; since the beginning of my freshman year, I’ve been running a startup called ThirdEye–a product that empowers visually impaired persons by telling them what’s in front of them–with a team of four Penn students. At…

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11 Reasons Why College Is The Best Time To Be An Entrepreneur

Note: This article was originally published in FORBES under FORBES Leadership. Entrepreneurship is the millennial thing to do. We’re all familiar with the Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram stories, where 20-something college students somehow manage to build-up multi-billion dollar companies overnight. Of course, it’s not as simple as that. The public only sees the tip of…

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Seven Manners Through Which Schools Are Killing Creativity

Originally published on The Huffington Post Ken Robinson’s TED talk “How Schools Kill Creativity” has been viewed millions of times and seems to have been the spark for an education revolution. And yet, our education system is still broken…. The problem is that the change being suggested today is just so radical that too many…

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Why Do We Force Students to Read Shakespeare?

Originally published on the Huffington Post. English teachers seem to adore Shakespeare…. Students seem to chug through it…. Everyone else in society sits questioning why our English teachers force our students to read literature by a guy who lived 500 years ago, who writes in barely recognizable English, and whose plays are painfully predictable? Now…

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Should We Require Computer Science Classes?

it is precisely because we live in this modern world that this recent subject is so incredibly important; everything around us was in some sense affected by code, and yet most of us cannot even write a simple program that calculates how much gas we use in a year.

Why Don't We Start School Later?

We’ve all heard this one: why don’t we start high school at around 9:30, not 7:15? There are countless numbers of research reports that say that starting high school later is beneficiary to students’ academic success and health (click here to read one such study that scientists from the University of Minnesota preformed). Specifically, researchers…

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