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Address all these ideas, all these issues through revamping education. We need to work together to move these talks into ACTION.

As I watch all these TED talks - about the need for better nutrition to fight obesity and take care of our earth, the power of play, teaching innovation, "unschooling", the "SOLE" method of teaching, flip teaching, Khan Academy, bullying and the impacts it can have on children, etc etc etc. They're all connected. Every single one of them. Why does no one talk about that? Fixing education could fix each and every issue, could utilize each and every solution offered. We need to ACT. My TED Prize wish (dreaming here) would be that the TED Prize would ONLY be given to those who ACT - to those who make an ENDURING CHANGE in the world. The ideas, the innovation - they're absolutely necessary to get the ball rolling. But without a strong business plan and the skills necessary to see it through - at the end of the day, an idea will not change the world - only ACTION can do that.

HOW CAN WE ACT? I have sent emails to so many TED speakers I've lost count. Asking for help, for guidance, for advice on how I can start a new school here - a pilot for the WORLD to show how education is key. Each and every time - the response I got was, "go for it! great idea! good luck!"... and... sorry I cannot help. My schedule is too busy. I've got speaking engagements around the world to inspire others as I've inspired you.

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  • May 2 2013: I'm interested in fixing schools. I have an idea but it will take a lot of work and almost everything has to change all at once.
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    Apr 30 2013: Dear Kelly,
    At first read, I wholeheartedly agree with you, "Fixing education could fix each and every issue, could utilize each and every solution offered. We need to ACT. My TED Prize wish (dreaming here) would be that the TED Prize would ONLY be given to those who ACT - to those who make an ENDURING CHANGE in the world".
    I too have dreamed of a pilot school that will change the face of education, and I believe I have the answers and the method. Would like to talk to you in more depth, let me know if you are interested in a discussion.
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    Apr 16 2013: Have you looked online for resources for launching a private or charter school? So many groups have done this that there must be resources available concerning business plan. There is a book by Brenda Travis I see on Amazon about how to start a school.

    There are also a wealth of curriculum resources online in every area you mention- anti-bullying, nutrition, flipped classroom... The secondary school I used to teach at used the Olweus anti-bullying curriculum you could look at. Bransford's How Children Learn describes constructivist teaching, a very widely used teaching philosophy that goes a step beyond flipping in the sense that the classroom is run by inquiry with no one ever sitting listening to lectures, even online at home. The teacher guides inquiry by asking questions and facilitating discourse.

    Many schools, public and private, already are busy implementing most of these things and have been for years, and many teachers are trained to teach these curricula and with such pedagogies. You have the option, if starting a school without professional support is not practical for you, to investigate what your local schools are doing and see if you can help.

    Pretty much everyone believes education is key, I think, which is why so much attention is given at every level to education reform and the need for it and why so much experimentation is always underway in this area. But everyone is expected to be entrepreneurial in gathering any supplemental resources they may need from people in their communities, grant-making agencies and so forth. Plenty of people are busy acting.

    Using the SOLE principle, why not try to dig up what you need to learn through available resources, as these people cannot make themselves available to instruct you themselves?