Schools are struggling. Administrators are frustrated. Teachers are overworked. Students are paying the price. And everyone is looking for a way to reform—and transform—a troubled education system.
But before any sort of reform can happen, I think everyone involved needs to ask themselves a very important question:
Do we need to reimagine what education can really be?
As educators, we are preparing young people for the future. And that’s why our outdated educational system needs to change. The future belongs to artists, inventors, storytellers—creative thinkers!
We need to take advantage of the technological resources we have at our disposal.
We need to understand the unique challenges of the 21st century learner.
We need to offer a personalized approach to educating young people.
We have an unprecedented opportunity to reimagine education in a BIG way. One that supports our students’ abilities, yet pushes them to accept new challenges. One that recognizes the sacrifices teachers make, yet encourages them to embrace new perspectives, professional development, and techniques. One that understands administrative limits, yet pushes for the reform and resources our schools need and deserve.
As an accomplished educational keynote speaker, I want to renew HOPE and let everyone who is involved in education know they DO have the power to change the system. And I’m heartened to know that so many teachers, administrators, and others are willing to join me on this mission to reimagine what our students are capable of doing.
For so long, the system has placed an outsized value on IQ, on the ability of students to perform and learn in only a few outdated ways, on the almighty test score. These are outdated practices, and thankfully, schools are moving in the right direction.
But there’s still work to be done. That’s why I’m looking for recruits for my mission to reimagine education. This keynote will inspire teachers, parents, and policymakers to rethink the real nature and purpose of education—to get back to the business of learning.