Educational Technology

March 17, 2011

Why the Obama Administration Wants a Darpa for Education

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

By Marc Parry, Chronicle of Higher Ed

Why the need for a new agency? Education research and development is “underinvested,” argues James H. Shelton III, assistant deputy secretary for innovation and improvement in the U.S. Education Department. A new agency—its name would be “Advanced Research Projects Agency-Education”—would have more flexibility to identify specific problems and direct efforts to solve them, he says. Plus, it would be able to attract top outside talent to work on these projects. Mr. Shelton offered few specifics on what projects the new agency would support, but he did suggest that education officials want to build on work that’s already been done by other agencies. He pointed to Darpa’s work on digital tutors as one example.

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