Many of the contributors you will hear from during TSD’s Education Series this month are on the front lines of education – teachers, students, building staff, administrators and more. In those roles, education reform is a matter of degrees, of realistic reform and of hope. As they carry out their challenging and rewarding daily mission, they’re often aiming for a slight change in one direction that may, in their opinion, improve the chances for young minds to flourish.
I am not on the front lines of education reform. In my role as a layperson and parent, I can afford to rise up to the 30,000-foot level and envision a complete revolution in education; a reform whose end result looks nothing like the system we now have. I could go on and on about our deadened, 19th-century, assembly-line education system, but in the end, I could never, ever change paradigms the way Sir Ken Robinson did in this TED Talk from 2006. So, in that spirit, I present that talk to you today.