Read continually, live on another continent for a period of time, and learn to work with your hands.
I am excited by thinkers who transcend today’s educational systems and are open to considering and creating alternative educational pathways for students, employees, and citizens.
—Sharon Lynn Kagan
Citizen journalism has become a big way to gather information from conflict areas. But young people from these areas don’t have the training to news gather, and they don’t have the training to consume news, or understand whether an article is partisan. So my big idea is to make a Journalism 101 class mandatory for high school seniors.
—Hala Gorani, 2012 Aspen Ideas
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with measuring that students can actually write when they graduate college.
—Paul Romer, 2011 Aspen Ideas
The next big thing is really a small thing. It is simply the one-to-one relationship between a teacher and a student.
—John Hunter, 2011 Aspen Ideas
The biggest threat to our democracy by far is the inability to educate our children.
—Cory Booker, 2011 Aspen Ideas
Read. A lot.
As a high school student, I learned about natural selection—but my teacher taught it furtively, as if it couldn’t be talked about in our society. More than 40 years later, teachers still are hesitant to teach evolution.
—Eugenie C. Scott