Jun 152013

Marin County Fair 2013 Schools Rule GraphicStanley Kubrik once said:

I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker. [Highlights mine]

Idea two of my vision for the 21st century school: let children decide which problems they want to tackle enables the nuclear explosion of learning.

On the 6th of July I will present an updated version of the 5 Ideas To Bring Our Schools Into the 21st Century TEDx talk.

It is going to happen at the Marin Fair in San Rafael. Schools Rule Marin is organizing a Kids Talks series all days. My session is going to happen on Saturday 6th of July at 5pm PST. [map]

What I find frustrating with TED talks is, that there is zero interaction. They are geared towards awing the audience: Look at my brilliant idea it’s sparkly. Watching the presenter you hold your breath, give applause and wait for the next speaker’s rocket to go up into the sky.

For me the most interesting stuff is happening in the interaction. In the “have you thought about this” questions that bring the whole topic forward.

 My goal for this session is to do exactly that, engage with you passionate kids, teachers, parents, …

I will introduce the 5 ideas within 15 minutes encourage interruptions that bring the ideas forward and then open up the microphones for additional input and conversation. Can’t wait.

We will tape it, and are in dialog with the organizers to see whether we can webcast it too. Please join the conversation.

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