Thursday, March 06, 2014

Play, passion, purpose

“The world no longer cares how much you know; the world cares about what you can do with what you know.”
"The culture of schooling, as we have grown up with, is radically at odds with the culture of learning that produces innovators" 
This an excellent and inspiring talk on how can we design schools that foster innovative thinking. The speaker outlines how an overemphasis on individual achievement, hyper-specialization, and an aversion to risk have stymied inventiveness and describes what teachers and parents can do to sow the seeds of creativity.
Tony Wagner recently accepted a position as the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard. Prior to this, he was the founder and co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for more than a decade. Tony consults widely to schools, districts, and foundations around the country and internationally. His previous work experience includes twelve years as a high school teacher, K-8 principal, university professor in teacher education, and founding executive director of Educators for Social Responsibility. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and a widely published author. He has published five books about education. He has also recently collaborated with noted filmmaker Robert Compton to create a 60 minute documentary, "The Finland Phenomenon: Inside The World's Most Surprising School System."
-- video introduction of Tony Wagner
-- read more about him here
-- other 2 great talks at "A Collaborative Leadership Summit"

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