Mae Jemison is an astronaut, a doctor, an art collector, a dancer, and educator. Here she stresses the importance of teaching art and science together, rather than as separate disciplines.
Elon Musk describes the small school he created for his sons. There are no grades, it is interest-led where students are allowed to learn according to their aptitudes and abilities, and it emphasizes problem solving over rote memorization.
An administrator shadows a student for a single day and is transformed by the experience. She realizes how wrong the current system is for students to actually learn anything.
NASA Hires Scientist to Create “Genius Test” and find 98% of 5 year olds operate on a genius level of creativity. By 10 years old, this number drops significantly, and by adulthood, only 2%.
Sugara Mitra describes what happens when you put one computer in the middle of a village and don’t do anything else. These famed experiments demonstrated that, in the absence of supervision and formal teaching, children can teach themselves AND each other — if they’re motivated by curiosity. Mitra, now a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University, called it “minimally invasive education.”
He has inspired educators around the globe with Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLE) and the School in the Cloud.