Julia Freeland Fisher- Social Capital
According to Julia Freeland Fisher, there are external forces outside school that may dictate students' relationships in school and affect their chances out of school. She proposes several measures to help boost students interpret social events and use them to expand their opportunity basket in the future. Below is a detailed overview of Fisher's theses, arguments, and ideas regarding social capital.
- In her book "Who You Know", Julia Freeland Fisher urges that there forces outside the school structures, tools and institutional designs that, if not well addressed, may dictate students' relationships in school and affect their chances out of school.
- According to Fisher, more than half of job placements results from personal networks and connections. Because of this, she says, schools should put in place measures that boost this success factor.
- From her experience, Fisher notes that there is an enrichment gap that further compounds the achievement gap. She says people with a lot of travel and experiences always have many connections that lead to benefits in the long run.
- Fisher says upcoming technologies and disruptive innovations are likely to change how schools connect and interact with students, mentors, coaches, experts and peers. These disruptions are likely to expand students’ access to social capital in the long run.
- On innovation, Fisher urges the use of virtual apps like Nepris that bring virtual coaches and mentors to classrooms. In addition, she notes that there should be a way in which online connects with offline. She talks of apps like ImBlaze from Big Picture Learning that uplift social capital removing logistical barriers and connect youth to work-based learning.
- On dealing with the issue of time, Fisher suggests more extended learning opportunities by applying programs like LRNG and offering credit for out of school learning.
- Fisher is of the idea that schools should open up more learning opportunities outside normal courses. This including offering internships to students. She gives examples of schools like Del Lago Academy that has partnered with a number of businesses to offer work experiences and define badges.
- Fisher also urges that a good advisory system should be put in place to help develop emotional and social skills that lead to external connections.