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Steve Jobs was passionate about education and had a lot to say about it, according to the biography written by Walter Isaacson.That’s good to know heading into Apple’s upcoming event in New York City, which is expected to be related to education, according to reports by 9to5 Mac and Fox News.
Jobs had a lot to say about the use of iPads and other electronics to create custom educational experiences and destroy the textbook market. What he had to say could give us some insight into what to expect at the event later this month.
Here are the highlights from the biography:
- Steve Jobs’ real parents would only put him up for adoption if his adopted parents agreed to pay for his college education.
- He dropped out of school. He felt guilty for spending so much of his parents’ money on education that didn’t feel worthwhile. He was taking classes that weren’t interesting him, and didn’t want to pay to do that.
- Jobs had his sights set on textbooks as the next business he wanted to transform. He believed it was an $8 billion a year industry ripe for digital destruction. He also thought the iPad would solve the problem of kids carrying around heavy books.
- His idea was to hire great textbook writers to create digital versions, and make them a feature of the iPad. Jobs wanted to make textbooks free so they would circumvent the state certification process, which eh thought was “corrupt.”
- Jobs said the American education system was “hopelessly antiquated” and crippled by union work rules. He said principals should be able to hire and fire teachers based on how good they were, and schools should be open til 6 p.m. 11 months of the year.
- He thought computers had so far made surprisingly little impact on schools — less than other realms of society like media, medicine and law. Computers and mobile devices would have to focus on delivering more personalised lessons and providing motivational feedback.