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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 17 2011: Hi. I hope you realize that your question's premise is sexist. You mentioned "man" only. After all the world conferences and world agreements advocating women's participation in all aspects of life, you still forget "woman" in your question. Try to include women in the equation on education (and include them in a very obvious way), and you'll get even more better answers to your question. :)
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      Dec 17 2011: Hi liza, I never meant it to be sexist. By common man, I mean common person. Perhaps, in hindsight, I should not have used the word "man" :)
      Anyways, thanks for pointing out!

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