On November 9, 2013, I had the fantastic opportunity to attend a brainstorming session called “Rethinking Education” at Khan Academy in Mountain View, CA. Khan Academy invited interested high school students to share thoughts on what education should be about, and I was honored to be a part of it.
Khan Academy is seeking an innovative re-design of today’s school systems. The best thing is that they are getting students’ inputs and solutions to the big problems we, as students, see in schools. Part of the vision is a new brick-and-mortar school designed with our inputs in mind that may open doors as early as 2015.
The purpose of this focus session was to discuss how education systems should evolve in order to solve for problems we observe. The café-style collaborative session was organized along the following three questions:
- What does it mean to be educated?
- What should a school look like?
- How would this school function?
Students formed small groups of 4-5 to discuss each question, then everyone re-convened as Sal led a dialogue on what the groups discussed.
I am excited to be involved in this ongoing collaborative effort.