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Live Chat today at 4pm Eastern: "Why School? How Education Must Change When Information and Learning Are Everywhere"

Author Will Richardson will be joining us for a live Q&A today at 4pm Eastern!

Continuing with our series of TED book chats, for the next week and a half we'll be discussing Will Richardson's new TED eBook, "Why School?"

Traditional educators, classrooms, and brick-and-mortar schools are no longer necessary to access information. Instead, things like blogs and wikis, as well as remote collaborations and an emphasis on 'critical thinking' skills are the coins of the realm in this new kingdom. Yet the national dialogue on education reform focuses on using technology to update the traditional education model, failing to reassess the fundamental model on which it is built.

In TED's new eBook, "Why School?", educator, author, parent and blogger Will Richardson challenges traditional thinking about education—questioning whether it still holds value in its current form.

The book is available for Kindle, Nook, and iOS devices (which have a great new custom TED Books app):

Kindle copy: http://www.amazon.com/Why-School-Information-Everywhere-ebook/dp/B00998J5YQ
iOS app: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ted-books/id511071050?mt=8

You can also read more on Will's blog: http://willrichardson.com

So, let's get things started... when information is everywhere, what is the purpose of traditional schools?

Topics: education

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  • Oct 8 2012: Do you see any value in teaching mindfulness and social and emotional learning in public schools? I am an eighth grade teacher in a public school. I currently have a master's degree in contemplative education and try to incorporate these skills into my classroom
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      Oct 8 2012: Absolutely. Read Howard Rheingold's "Net Smart" for a great discussion of mindfulness in learning these days.
      • Oct 8 2012: Thank you! I am also currently working on a curriculum to teach mindfulness to teachers through classes at a community college. I am trying to spread the word that it is up to the teachers. Parker Palmer has a great line for this: "Who is the teacher that teachers?" A teacher's inner life is projected back onto the students every day in the classroom.

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