The 3 Hottest Debates at SXSW Education Conference 2014

Education activist Diane Ravitch takes the stage Monday at the 2014 SXSWedu conference in Austin. The fourth annual SXSW Education Conference (#swswedu) drew more buzz than ever before as educators and edupreneurs butted heads on a range of hot-button issues surrounding teachers involvement in the growing education revolution. In EdWonk blogger Andrew J. Rotherham s view: The oddest thing about SXSW this year was that it was really two conferences happening parallel to one another. You had ed tech types, reformers, innovators having one conversation. For a taste of that follow Tom Vander Ark (@tvanderark) on Twitter. The anti-reform crowd having another. Follow Diane Ravitch (@DianeRavitch) or Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten). And even though everyone was in Austin – which is a great town – there was little cross-pollination. Instead it was mostly two armed camps united only in affection for Starbucks. Indeed, tensions loomed large as attendees descended upon the Texas hotspot


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