"Geeks get things done... They can't help themselves"

Senior Wired writer Daniel Roth, who will be presenting at IF09 on business innovation, just tweeted his latest essay for the magazine: "Making Geeks Cool Could Reform Education".

If so, at least one school is getting geek-cool right:

'Geeks get things done. They're possessed. They can't help themselves,' says Larry Rosenstock, founding principal of eight charter schools in San Diego County collectively called High Tech High. He has come up with a curriculum that forces kids to embrace their inner geek by pushing them to create. The walls, desks, and ceilings of his classrooms teem with projects, from field guides on local wildlife to human-powered submarines. (A High Tech High art project called Calculicious, based entirely on math principles, now hangs in the San Diego airport.) The students all work in small groups as a way to foster shared enthusiasm: Get two kids excited about something and it's harder for a third to poke fun at them.

Then there's this:

One hundred percent of High Tech graduates get into college. Nationally, the college attendance rate for High Tech High's demographic—half are eligible for free lunch, and even fewer have parents who attended college—is about 55 percent. Yet all High Tech students take advanced math and science classes, and many of them end up at universities like MIT and Stanford.