A year ago, I was sitting at my desk in my New York apartment reading a book on the economics of education when my phone rang.
It was an old professor from Stanford who had just delivered a talk about how the best teachers are actually the best professors in history.
The professor was explaining how, in the last 100 years, the best universities have grown to the extent that the best public universities are now considered the “best” universities.
I was intrigued, because I had just spent two years at a university where I had to study in a lecture hall with some of the world’s best teachers.
But my curiosity was piqued when I found out that the professor had also just taught at Harvard, which has one of the best teaching loads in the country.
And in case you haven’t noticed, that’s because Harvard is a private institution.
In other words, the University of Harvard is one of America’s great public universities, and that means there are very few universities that don’t have one of its best teaching staffs.
And as a result, Harvard is now the number one-ranked public university in the nation, and it’s a very different place than it was just a few years ago.
At the time, I hadn’t even heard of Harvard.
But as I read more about the institution, I realized that its remarkable achievement is rooted in its ability to teach through the lens of the humanities and social sciences.
In short, Harvard teaches through the power of the mind.
The school’s graduates now earn more than twice as much as their peers from private institutions.
This is a result of two things.
First, the school’s faculty has been among the most successful in the history of higher education.
In 2012, the College Board rated Harvard a Top 10 university.
The next year, the same ranking was shared by three other schools, including Stanford and Yale.
Second, Harvard’s academic excellence has been built on a rigorous approach to teaching and learning.
Harvard has made a concerted effort to cultivate its faculty through an interdisciplinary approach, and its curriculum is built on an emphasis on the arts and humanities.
It also prides itself on being a place where students are encouraged to think critically, to engage with the world around them, and to engage in challenging and intellectually rewarding experiences.
And all of this is accomplished through an extraordinary combination of teaching, learning, and research, all at the core of what makes Harvard one of college education’s great successes.
But now that the school is expanding its offerings, the impact of its extraordinary teaching staff and curriculum on the world at large has also become more apparent.
This year, students at the Ivy League institution will be taking a more active role in learning.
As part of the National Day of Learning initiative, students will be able to take a series of tests designed to measure the breadth of their knowledge and their ability to learn from sources beyond their own textbook.
And students at Harvard are learning how to apply their newfound knowledge to new situations, as they will be using a range of new technology to help them make decisions about what to study next.
For some students, this could mean applying to a new company, applying to an internship or starting a new career.
But the results will be significant for many other students.
In a recent article in The Wall St Journal, I discussed the impact this will have on the broader education landscape.
For example, one of Harvard’s most highly-ranked students, one named Emma, will be graduating with an MBA.
While the degree is a great starting point, she is also planning on taking another step on her journey toward an MBA, which she is now planning to complete at the end of her senior year.
But Emma’s life is going to change at a moment’s notice.
This could include her decision to start a new job or pursue a different career path.
Or, perhaps, she will even end up with a degree that is significantly higher than she originally anticipated.
In fact, this kind of shift could have huge consequences for students and the world.
I believe that this kind, radical change is what we need to keep our attention and our focus on in order to make the greatest strides in the coming decades.
We need to focus on how to empower our teachers and the entire institution, so that we are not left behind.
The changes that Emma and many other young students are making will not be the end-all be-all of learning, but it is one part of a much larger movement that will transform our educational systems and create new opportunities for all students to be empowered.