Mark Alberstein

Educate For A Change, Inc.
Visalia, CA, United States

About Mark


I am a 33 year veteran of the Public Schools system. I have taught students from grade 1 to grade 12, in both academics and arts. With my associate, Ryan Sager, I have spent the last 5 years researching, discussing, debating, constructing, and de-constructing a new model for educational reform. We intend to spend the next 5 years in disemminating our concept and building a support base for it.

An idea worth spreading

America's public school system is fatally flawed. Its design is based on several false premises. It's time to redesign the system from the bottom up, instead of putting the blame on teachers, students and parents. The fact is, no one is to blame, we just inherited a system that just can't work in this day and age. The flaws in the current system makes it impossible to reach the stated goals of the enterprise. It can be fixed if we're willing to put politics and egos aside and make education the priority we profess it to be. Real change requires real change. Its time to Educate For A Change.

I'm passionate about

Excellence, integrity, truth, creativity, making the world a better place, pushing myself to the limit, helping other to achieve their full potential. Restructuring educational systems globally.

My TED story

I found TED online and immediately joined, hoping to find a community of thinkers who really want to make the world a better place.

Comments & conversations

Mark Alberstein
Posted about 4 years ago
How can we empower kids to reshape the education system? *A TEDActive Education Project Question*
The multiplicity of ideas on this question demonstrates why education in America continues its slow descent into chaos. Is there any single point above upon which all are agreed? I didn't catch it if there is. I've gone round and round countless times in debates over school reform. I will venture a statement that I feel is totally defensible. And may I be so bold to suggest that if you don't agree with this statement, you just haven't thought it through: "Education will never become the central function of our school system until we do away with grades and grade levels."