Education reform: We don't need better, we need different

Today's students are immersed in the digital age, but can our educational system keep up? Best-selling author Will Richardson's comprehensive collection of posts from his acclaimed blog,, outlines the educational reform we must achieve to stay ahead of the curve. The book's entries present a multifaceted vision of the 21st-century classroom and describe how a social media-changed world has created new opportunities for:

Project-based learning; Student-created media that develops critical thinking; Extending learning beyond the classroom and school hours; Cooperative and collaborative learning; Student empowerment and career readiness.

The necessary shift will not magically happen, but experts agree that it must happen now. This compilation will inspire educators and parents to engage in the technology their children already embrace, and to take an active role in transforming education to meet the challenges of the digital revolution.

So what is the Future of Schools?

So what is the future of schools?

Schools as places where we send our kids are not going away any time soon; they are too much a part of our society and culture. But since writing this post back in 2008, I have come around to a different vision of schools as learning centers, where students—especially older students—are able to pursue their own interests and passions with our support. I have no doubt that 20 years from now, many schools will have made the shift. Not all, but many.

05 Dec 2008 08:39 am

So I'm home from Seattle today with some mixed feelings about Microsoft's School of the Future Summit, which was really excellent in some respects but left me ...

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