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The speed of knowledge Ed Brand | Fri, Mar 07 2014 06:00 AM

The great American architect, author and inventor Buckminster Fuller, invented the “knowledge doubling curve” that measures the amount of time it takes for knowledge to increase. According to Fuller, up until 1900 knowledge doubled every century. At the end of World War II, knowledge was doubling every 25 years. Today, it’s believed that knowledge doubles every 12 to 18 months.

The true key to increasing knowledge is access— access to a supportive learning environment, and access to tools that facilitate learning. As a teenager, Bill Gates was given access to a General Electric computer and a teletype machine. His teachers gave him access to their knowledge and access to computer time.

I believe that we have a responsibility to give our students access to the tools that they need to succeed in life. Over the years, the Sweetwater District has developed several initiatives that provide students with opportunities for success. The Compact for Success and our partnership with Alliant University and Point Loma Nazarene provides access to college. Our iPad initiative provides access to technology and learning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.

As the speed of knowledge increases, so does the need to increase the speed at which we access that knowledge. Learning and instruction have changed drastically over the past several years and the Sweetwater District intends to keep pace.

Our staff has been working hard over the past several years to implement the Common Core State Standards and to do it in a way that gives students the best opportunity to succeed. We want to prepare students to not only keep pace with the increase in knowledge, but to also contribute to that knowledge.

If you read about the most successful, innovative and creative people in history, they all share a few key traits. They have a drive for knowledge and a drive to make an impact on the world in which we live. They don’t let failure get the best of them and they never give up.

In the Sweetwater District we need to instill these values in ourselves and in our students. There are no obstacles that we can’t overcome and there are no challenges that can’t be remedied. Most importantly, we have the ability to give our students access to the skills and the tools that they will need for success.

Let’s not forget that we make an impact in our students’ lives on a daily basis and one day they will contribute to the speed of knowledge.

Brand is the superintendent of the Sweetwater Union High School District.


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Erupting Says:

Sun, Mar 09 2014 08:04 AM

I heard this same speech at the LCFF meeting on Friday. Brand gave this as his presentation instead of talking to the issues of the LCFF and the impact on the district. All four of the other superintendents gave power point presentations. Brand tried in vain to give a hyped technology speech. Everyone was shocked he didn't speak to the real issue. Brand lied to the public after asking Rubio if the LCFF material was on the district website in English and Spanish. Rubio said yes. Well it turns out Brand doesn't have the information up in any language,as per his instructions to staff. Just another lie from Fast Eddy. He was the joke of everyone there, talking about his arrogance, and lack of preparation.

anniej Says:

Fri, Mar 07 2014 11:30 AM

Typo ---- keyboards for IPADS were 'NOT' included.

sosocal Says:

Fri, Mar 07 2014 10:16 AM

One rather large part of learning that Ed Brand perpetually seems to conveniently forget is the concept of ethics.

Ed can spray all the glitter he can buy on what he is trying to sell, but people who know what is going on will always see things for what they are.

Perhaps Ed still fools himself, and his fellow board members John McCann and Jim Cartmill (even Pearl Quinones seems to be catching on that it is time to break away from the Fast Eddy food chain)but the rest of the sentient universe has learned by heart the words: "If Ed Brand's lips are moving, he's lying!"

Ed Brand cares not one whit for the students OR the teachers. He cares for himself and his bank account. Time to try and "unwind" Fast Eddy's contracts.

anniej Says:

Fri, Mar 07 2014 07:21 AM

It is interesting that Mr. Bband claims his staff has been working hard to implement Common Core - according to public comment, at board meetings, the teachers claim the exact opposite.

Take for example the Intial purchase of the IPADS - that was done approximately two years ago - yet, no keyboards for those IPADS which is a much needed tool for Common Core were included in the purchase. Mr. Brand continues to do what he is known for 'the spin doctor'.

Perhaps Mr. Brand might want to explain why, when we have been exposed for deficit spending, and advised to stop - Mr. Brand is moving forward we a proposed expenditure of $18 million for a new District office on the east side. Mr. Brand purchased the property on L street then turned around and handed the deed over to Plan Nine Partners. We have only been paying interest on that loan, and are, in fact, upside on the loan in the millions. Mr. Brand needs to be reminded he is a school Superintendent, whose primary focus MUST be students education - how about getting some of our schools OUT OF PROGRAM IMPROVEMENT!!!!!!!!

Perhaps Mr. Brand might want to explain why SUHSD consistently borrows from Mello Roos funds?

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