What Is School For?

If you care about education, watch this video. It’s great stuff, but I have to say something,

Seth Godin is taking on the educational establishment, and he should get a standing ovation. [Tweet this.]

If I didn’t know that he was speaking at a TEDx event, I would have guessed he was a keynote speaker at a homeschool conference. Seriously.

This kind of speech fires up those in the home education movement. But it isn’t an angry, fed-up response to failing schools that Seth is advocating. He’s advocating a healthy, productive discussion of the things that matter to education. Like parents who have “had enough” with their local schooling, Seth is taking the responsibility himself and offering solutions that will work in our world today. Just like homeschool parents, he’s thinking outside the normal and daring to ask the question, “What is school for?”

I’d like to hear what you think. I took notes (view them here: What Is School For?), I hope they help.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • RickStevens

    I find it interesting after having spent the last 15 years in education (and the last 5 in a public school setting) that many “innovators” in education are calling for the integration of subject matter, which is what homeschoolers have done for years. But, instead of looking at the successes of the homeschool community, many in the education system see homeschooling as the enemy.
    I have long wondered this…if what is being done in the homeschool community is working, then why not study HOW to put it to work in the education system rather than fighting against what works…and then trying to recreate it yourself? If, in fact, educators (both home and otherwise) are doing what is “best for the kids” then why can’t leaders in both areas get together to figure out what works best? It’s actually a simple answer…pride.
    “Professional” educators cannot swallow their pride and state the obvious…that what they’re doing is merely systemic and does not actually seek to produce the best education possible. When my kids (6, 9 & 12) can have an integrated combination of reading, writing, history and science, then why can’t it happen within the education system? Pride. “Professional” educators refuse to step out of their comfortable little scheduled 180 class days (that has not changed for 30 years) and communicate with colleagues about how to mesh the curriculum. Or, administrators don’t allow the communication to happen without going through 18 hours of “training & development” to teach the teachers HOW to communicate and collaborate.
    I could go on and on, but I don’t want to write a book right now. Can you tell that this struck a nerve?

    • I thought of you more than once when I was watching this! I knew you’d like it, Rick.

  • Gotta love Seth! What a powerful message that NEEDS to be spread among every student in the public school system. Thanks for sharing Chris

  • I’m a huge fan of Seth. Great video and thank you for sharing it.