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Sanket Gupta

Design Engineer, Marvell Semiconductor

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How can a common man participate in "revolutionizing" education?

Having spoken in TED in 2006 about how schools kill creativity, Sir Ken Robinson returned in 2010 to urge everyone to revolutionize education. He said about how we take a "fast-food" approach to deliver educated products out of the system. However, in order to really use the enormous depths of human talent, we will need to take an "organic" approach to education. We need revolution and not evolution.

So, How do we actually achieve revolution? Are there any concrete examples of schools/ colleges which do not follow the "fast-food" approach? Are there ways in which a common man can participate in "revolutionizing" education?
I am sure this is a question which commonly haunts everyone among us. But, what we lack is a coordinated set of actions to make a change. How do we do it?


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  • Dec 14 2011: Start by helping yourself. Then help others through their plights. Or do both at the same time. If their problems are somehow rooted in the educational system, find someone who can address the issue or better yet, be someone who can address it in the future.

    The main factor is to speak up. You don't need to organize a rally. Talk to people young and old, pretty soon you'll make friends in high places. If you are creative enough, make a documentary, resources are everywhere.
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      Dec 17 2011: Thanks for sharing! I am reminded of a quote "Be the Change you want to see in the world."

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