Why

“Why is there this assumption that the most important thing kids have in common is how old they are. It’s like the most important thing about them is their date of manufacture. Well I know kids who are much better than other kids at the same age in different disciplines, or at different times of the day, or better in smaller groups than in large groups, or sometimes they want to be on their own. If you’re interested in the model of learning you don’t start from this production line mentality.”—Sir Ken Robinson

This website is an important tool for imagining alternative models for the future of education. We are excited to share important resources, showcase promising stories from our Education “Future Fiction” Challenge, and officially launch our call for the Ford W. Bell Fellow.

Museums play a remarkable role in helping to facilitate learning in communities throughout this country every day. For many student learners, museums and the educators who work with them help to spark moments of thoughtful engagement that are passion-based, deeply creative, and substantive.

In his talk, “The Changing Paradigm,” Sir Ken Robinson thoughtfully describes one of the most significant challenges that exist for student learners—the prevailing idea that schools should group them by age, instead of ability or interest. We know that individual learners do best when they are challenged to think, but not isolated by methods beyond their ability to understand. Help us imagine other ways that student learning can be enhanced. Interested? Consider entering the our Education “Future Fiction” Challenge, applying for the Ford W. Bell Fellowship, and/or returning regularly to the site to follow and comment on current conversations in the future of education. #vibrantlearning