In 2013, Olympic Gold Medalist and Right to Play founder Johann Olav Koss received theHenry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership. Then in 2014, the Kravis Leadership Institute was so inspired by Koss that it was determined to bring him back to speak with the Claremont Mudd-Scripps athletes and coaches.
…A new breed of educators, inspired by everything from the Internet to evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, and AI, are inventing radical new ways for children to learn, grow, and thrive. To them, knowledge isn’t a commodity that’s delivered from teacher to student but something that emerges from the students’ own curiosity-fueled exploration. Teachers provide prompts, not answers, and then they step aside so students can teach themselves and one another. They are creating ways for children to discover their passion—and uncovering a generation of geniuses in the process.
This is absolutely amazing, and reading this—and let me emphasize, I am completely serious about this—sent chills down my back and actually made me tear up a little bit. Teachers are finding new, effective strategies for helping children really learn. Kids in some very bad circumstances have been able to learn exceptionally well, and I am outraged that so many people in the education community seem to be dismissive of these new approaches.