In 2006, Sir Ken Robinson presented a TED talk about the importance of nurturing creativity in education. That video has been viewed more than eight million times.

Just a few weeks ago, Robinson presented a video TEDx talk in London, addressing how population growth and technology are fueling huge changes in education, and the imperative to make all schools progressive. He argues that the principles of what’s considered “alternative” education are those that should be applied to mainstream education.

It’s hard to argue with these ideas.

  • “the principles of alternative education are the principles of, well just plain education.” spot-on. This is the reform we need in our schools.
    – a high school math teacher

  • I wish I could show Sir Ken our film, August to June Bringing Life to School!  In the meantime you can find a trailer on Youtube or Facebook–

  • Gwilliston

    I am absolutely with you on this. I am a middle and high school shop teacher and I see the process we call high school killing childrens interest in true learning. I find in 7th grade great enthusiasm for building and I find some very talented builders.  It is easy to see in middle school. The old model is obsolete but being driven by those who loved it so much they never left and rose to the top to continue what has been. They love the structure and resist change. Currently in Michigan they are working very hard to gather more and more numbers to evaluate the process without asking any qualitative questions that can have variable answers that give actual ideas to improve the process.

  • Espoir

    “Montessori” specifically mentioned!

  • Laureengolden

    If we want “alternative” education/good education to be more prevalent, it is essential that universities expose students studying education to these ideas and methods.  Unfortunately, most universities are not.  To voice your support for Holistic Education in universities, please go to:

    • I agree that teacher training is very district oriented in our area and that success happens in many venues of education.

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