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  • Well, one of the privileges

  • of not being with you in person today

  • is I get to talk to you twice.

  • One at the beginning, and here we are at the end.

  • The reason

  • why today's conversations are so important

  • is that we are living in revolutionary times.

  • That's why we need a revolution in education.

  • And there are two big drivers of change.

  • One of them is population growth.

  • We live in a world now that's more populated

  • than at any time in history.

  • There are about 7 billion people on the earth,

  • which is more human beings than at any other time,

  • and we're heading for 9 billion.

  • That's reason enough in itself.

  • But the second is technology

  • and the way that technologies are transforming everything we do,

  • economically, culturally, how we think and how we relate.

  • I published a book ten years ago,

  • called "Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative",

  • and I've just issued a new version of it

  • and the reason is that so much has happened in the last ten years.

  • I mean, ten years ago, there was no Google,

  • there was no Facebook, no Twitter,

  • no social media of any sort.

  • There were no smartphones, no iPhones, no iPads,

  • none of the things that we take for granted.

  • And that rate of change is going to accelerate.

  • It's not going to decrease.

  • And we're not heading toward some calm pasture,

  • where all the changes will be behind us.

  • They'll simply become more tumultuous.

  • By the way, I wrote the new version of the book on Microsoft Word.

  • I don't know if any of you use Microsoft Word.

  • But, well, I don't know if you notice it,

  • but, if you do it,

  • it has opinions on what you write.

  • It comments on your literary style.

  • You get little green squiggles

  • if it doesn't approve of what you just said.

  • And one of the things it disapproves of is the passive voice.

  • So, you can't say, "The roundhouse was built."

  • You have to say who built it,

  • according to Bill Gates anyway.

  • Why he's got this thing against the passive voice I do not know,

  • but I was writing about the history of public education,

  • and I wrote about the growth of intelligence testing.

  • And I wrote this sentence and I said,

  • "The foundations of the modern intelligence test

  • were laid in the late 19th century,

  • by Sir Francis Galton,

  • a cousin of Charles Darwin." --

  • which is true, by the way.

  • I'll just tell you again,

  • "The foundations of the modern intelligence test

  • were laid in the late 19th century,

  • by Sir Francis Galton,

  • a cousin of Charles Darwin."

  • Well, Microsoft Word didn't like that.

  • It had little green squiggles,

  • because it had the passive voice "were laid".

  • And it suggested the alternative in the active voice.

  • And what it suggested was,

  • "In the late 19th century,

  • Sir Francis Galton laid a cousin of Charles Darwin

  • (Laughter)

  • the foundation of the modern intelligence test."

  • Well, not really, I feel.

  • But it is interesting that the span of public education

  • runs pretty much

  • from the late 19th century to present day,

  • and it's become increasingly dominated

  • by that type of culture.

  • And what was subverted in the end as well

  • is the rapid changes that are overtaking us,

  • some of them being driven by technology.

  • So, it is important that we sense the scale of the challenges

  • that education is involved with

  • and also the need for us to see education as the key to the future.

  • There was a great quote by H. G. Wells,

  • another great 19th century writer,

  • one of the few people to look into the future and see something

  • that has been born out by events.

  • But he'd once said that,

  • "Civilization is a race

  • between education and catastrophe."

  • Well, there's some reason to believe he might be right

  • and that catastrophe is edging out in front a little.

  • But it's not too late to catch up with it,

  • if we think boldly and fundamentally

  • about the basic purposes of education and how we meet them.

  • But what I also wanted to leave you with is this thought

  • that, as we consider the changes that need to be made,

  • we don't have to reinvent everything.

  • You're standing today -- or sitting, if you are --

  • in a very long tradition of debate about alternatives

  • to the mainstream forms of education.

  • Many things that I argue for

  • have been argued by other people, eloquently in the past,

  • and practiced by them.

  • There was a long tradition

  • in what was sometimes called "progressive education".

  • I've never liked the apparent dichotomy

  • between progressive and traditional,

  • but an argument has been made

  • really from the origins of education

  • for more holistic approaches,

  • more balanced approaches,

  • ones that represent a real balance

  • between the arts and the sciences, for example,

  • between the humanities and physical education,

  • and the other things that I mentioned.

  • There have been notable pioneers and practitioners,

  • from Montessori, Pestalozzi, Froeble,

  • to the work of Piaget, Bruner.

  • The list goes on... Dewey.

  • There have been great pioneers in education,

  • many of them in the U.K.

  • There have been wonderful schools.

  • You're meeting not far from one of the most

  • extraordinary schools in the world, which is Summerhill.

  • But also great schools in the public sector,

  • great environmental schools,

  • great innovative schools.

  • I think it's important that we recognize

  • that conversation is not happening in a vacuum,

  • it's not a historical vacuum,

  • it's not a cultural vacuum.

  • The issue, though, is to make these principles

  • not part of the alternative,

  • but part of the mainstream.

  • I live in Los Angeles, as I mentioned earlier,

  • and I was in a meeting recently,

  • of a great project, called "The Heart Project",

  • that happens downtown, here in L.A.

  • And it brought together, this particular meeting,

  • representers from across the city,

  • the supervisor of the L.A. Unified School District, for example,

  • which has 800,000 students in it.

  • It's the largest school district in America, outside of New York.

  • And we were there to talk about

  • the future of alternative education.

  • What really interested me was this:

  • the principles of alternative education are designed to re-engage

  • young people with education who've dropped out of it,

  • or been failed by it.

  • And the principles are interesting.

  • They're all based... all the alternative education approaches,

  • all around the world, are based on a personalised curriculum.

  • They're based on an intensive ratio between students and teachers.

  • They're based on group activities

  • and closings with the community.

  • And they're based on trying to identify

  • the individual talents and interests of each student

  • and shaping the environment,

  • so it helps to encourage them.

  • Well, I was saying at this meeting in L.A.

  • that these principles of alternative education

  • are all actually the principles of education,

  • just good education.

  • It seems to me bizarre

  • that they've now become confined

  • to the alternative to mainstream education.

  • And I think our job is to make the... what's been hither to...

  • in a way, the fringe of education, or the periphery...

  • It's to move those principles to the centre.

  • I think if all of education was modelled on similar principles,

  • then our students wouldn't be dropping out in the first place,

  • they'd be getting much more from education

  • and we'd be getting much more from them.

  • The new technologies are among the factors that we need to change,

  • and they're among the factors that will make change possible.

  • They make available now

  • tremendous opportunities to personalised education.

  • They're not the whole answer.

  • I believe, it's true of all technology, that technology alone

  • doesn't do much.

  • It's what you do with it, you know.

  • A camera doesn't produce great photographs,

  • but a great photographer might.

  • A piano itself doesn't produce great music,

  • but a great musician could.

  • And technologies we have available in schools

  • don't make for great education,

  • but great educators could make something great of them.

  • So, as we look into the future, from where we sit now,

  • it's as hard for us to predict the future as it was

  • for the architects of the 19th century

  • to predict the world that we now live in.

  • But if we are resilient,

  • and if we invest in and believe properly in our true creative powers,

  • if we apply them in all our educational settings,

  • then we will begin to shape a different type of future for everybody.

  • And it's important, therefore, that as we go away from today's conference,

  • that we take seriously the pledge form

  • that TEDx has put before us,

  • asking us if we'd be prepared to pledge ideas,

  • or resources, or money, or time

  • to making something happen.

  • Well, I want to say that I have done that,

  • I do do that, I spend all my time

  • in promoting changes in education and supporting those who do

  • and I'm delighted to offer my pledge to support

  • whatever comes from TEDx, to take this conversation forward

  • and help to shape a future that we all want to live in.

  • Thank you very much.

Well, one of the privileges

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