For Dale Dougherty, founder of Maker Faire — the personification of the do-it-yourself movement — the future school day combines learning with doing.

Dougherty has spent at least the last decade preaching the invaluable benefits of making things by hand. The reason is simple: you’ll learn more about it — whatever it is — if you make it yourself. Through the Maker Faire events, where thousands of people congregate to celebrate the DIY movement, Make Magazine and Craft website (full disclosure — I worked as the editor of the print version of Craft Magazine a few years ago), Dougherty is drawing out the natural tinkerers and makers in all of us.

His theory applied to education, whether it’s formal or informal, is premised on the same ethos.

“That confidence to learn anything is what education ought to be about,” he says.

So what’s the first step in creating the idea school day of the future?

First, build the learning space, of course.

Here’s the entire interview.

Dale Dougherty’s School of the Future from MindShift on Vimeo.

Read more about the School Day of the Future series.

  • Scott

    I was a vendor at a past Maker Faire and I was lucky enough to escape my booth to witness the crazed excitement of kids playing and making things from a huge room of scrap parts. The smell of glue guns and soldering irons filled the air. It was an amazing sight to see!
    I wonder if there is any full scale erector sets out there or some kind of modular system where the kids can build in the beginning of the year, then tear down at the end of the year.
    I look forward to the day where the classrooms are modular erector sets instead of these dark hideously depressing mobile units.

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