A Must See For School Leaders and School Communities – Will Richardson’s TEDx from Melbourne

I am always looking for entry points for our school community to engage in a meaningful discussion of our vision for students. Will Richardson’s TEDx Talk from Melbourne, Australia (below) provides a clear de

scription of where we need to be headed.

All schools need to answer the following question asked by Richardson:

What is the value of school when you don’t really need school to do school if we define school in the traditional sense?


Here are two key points from Richardson’s talk that get to the heart of this question:

  1. Learning is what our kids need to be doing in the classroom, not getting ready for assessment that were built for another time.
  2. (via Justin Reich) We pay so much attention to the measurable part of education that we miss the immeasurable part.creativity, perseverance, problem-solving are what are children need.

I would love to hear your thoughts after watching the video!

10 comments for “A Must See For School Leaders and School Communities – Will Richardson’s TEDx from Melbourne

  1. Kate Lofthouse
    September 6, 2012 at 5:19 am

    Well said Will! I have long said that it is not important that we teach kids ‘stuff’ but that we must teach them how to find out the things they need to know. Learning is all about exactly that. In my role I get the opportunity to work with kids across all grades in our school and I am always happy to say I don’t know how to do that…but I will also say to them let’s see what we can find out together. Learning is a process you have to work through and I am often working through this with the students in my school. Definately lots of points we need to consider as we are developing our schools pedagogical framework.

    Thanks for helping me to get these thoughts clear in my own mind!

  2. September 7, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Lately I have been less hopeful that educators will lead the way to the education promise land. So, it was interesting that Will understands that some teachers have an emotional and financial interest in keeping the system as is.
    We should be willing to work with anyone who understand that to have future ready students we do need to change the definition of school. Don Tapscott is a non-educator who understand the need for a new definition of schools.

  3. September 8, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    As an educator and parent of a teenager, I see on a daily basis the way my son personalizes his learning about his interests. He sees no barriers… he assumes only that he may not yet have found what he’s looking for. He’s sure, though, that it’s out there. And that’s the key – he assumes it’s out there, he doesn’t worry about whether he’s got it in his mind. There’s a confidence that the digital world will provide him with the information he needs when he needs it – no need to memorize something for an unspecified future time when you might need it. I’ve seen Will’s Minecraft experience played out in my own home. And so, as educators we need to ensure that students learn how to find what they want, how to evaluate what they’ve found (trustworthiness, bias, current), and then how to use it to develop THEIR OWN understandings so they can contribute their own informed voices to the discussion. A challenging task.

  4. Kenesha Brown
    September 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    As an elementary education major, I feel as if educator lesson should be in the best interest of the student, not a standardize test. We should prepare them to think for themselves and allow them to figure out the best way to solve problems. Therefore, I have to agree with Will. School should take on a new definition.

  5. Shunder Smith
    September 10, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I absolutely enjoyed the video because it helped me realize how an educator with an obsolete mindset can become the obstacle that prevents learning for fertile minds. Beginning with the administrators, instructional coaches and teachers; I agree that every mind within a school setting must focus on learning. It is my belief that students will create their own assessments when they become focused on learning and excelling; I have observed this occur with many students during my years in education. Not only are they are excited about their feats, but they are anxious to explain the methods they used to accomplished their goals and share their plans to advance to the next level. We as educators have to make learning more personal for the learners. When an intrinsic desire to learn becomes embedded in our children’s minds they will soar beyond educators’ expectations. As Israel Houghton sings: Take the Limits Off!!!

  6. December 1, 2012 at 10:22 am

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