McNealy Spends Retirement Pitching Curriki

I was at a friends house over the weekend and Curriki came up, but until I read about it today I really didn’t know much about it. It is essentially a directed wiki with a social mission, a combination that is pretty powerful in total. In looking through the site it does look like an impressive repository of educational content. Great name as well.

Former Sun CEO hopes the world is his classroom / McNealy says nonprofit Curriki Web site encourages learning:
McNealy has spent most of the past year as the leading pitchman for Curriki, a nonprofit group that’s trying to build a mega-Web site of educational materials that teachers, students and parents anywhere in the world can use, modify, critique and expand on. And they can do all that for free.

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2 thoughts on McNealy Spends Retirement Pitching Curriki

  1. Scott McNealy has a good heart, and he certainly is a technological whiz. But he misunderstands teachers.

    I have serious doubts whether McNealy’s vision will become a reality because teachers have neither the time nor inclination nor expertise to make use of this site. McNealy’s vision assumes that the problem in education is access to the “quantity” of resources out there.

    My view is that teachers need help identifying quality. So many resources written by teachers are just plain garbage. Meanwhile, there are many absolutely astounding resources developed by experts, foundations, universities, and myriad other organizations that go unused–because no one can find the darned things. Often the agencies that produce these high quality resources lack the marketing muscle to compete with Pearson and McGraw-Hill.

    I wish McNealy would focus his energy on solving the real problems in the market for instructionalm materials. His vision at this poing misses the mark.

  2. Mark,
    Don’t you think that crowdsourced educational content, like Curriki, could diminish the influence that textbook publishers have in the market? The precedent for his is what happened to reference book publishers in a world with wikipedia. While I have issues with the authority qualification that wikipedia employs, but the overall quality of the resource remains very high.

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