Charles Leadbeater is a leading authority on innovation and creativity. He has advised corporations, governments and cities around the world and is the author of several books including We-Think: The power of mass creativity. He is also Chair of CDI Apps for Good, the mobile-based creative learning program.
In this interview for WISE Matters, he states that learning should be an all encompassing experience that involves "head, hands and heart" for best preparing children for life's challenges. Teachers should be able to design creative environments in which children are encouraged to try out new things. One of the major flaws in today's education system is that its changes come from governments and not from within the teaching profession. Many of the ideas he talks about are not new: they were lost in the process of systematizing education and have now to be recovered and applied in new settings. This is only possible if some standard principles about language, mathematics and science are learnt and then be applied in new ways (source: youtube)
-- Watch Charles TED Talk Education innovation in the slums