I’ve written a number of times about the need for schools to change in fundamental ways to meet the needs of today’s society and economy. The information revolution poses significant challenges to some of the most basic ideas we all hold about public schools; ideas originally developed in the wake of the industrial revolution, a far different time.
Ken Robinson made this point several years ago in a talk that has been viewed by millions since he gave it in 2006. Sadly, little has been done to address the issues he raises in the seven years since. The talk is well worth its 12 minutes, if you haven’t seen it already (and don’t be distracted by the controversial claims he makes about ADHD in the middle; they are not central to his main point).