Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

Education is a vast and bureaucratic business. The fundamentals (reading, writing and arithmetic) are important but so are social and emotional learning, wellness/mindfulness and creative expression. Where has the educational  system failed us as parents and as community members and where have we failed ourselves? How is the age of distraction (excessive screen time, gaming, social media) both revolutionizing and damaging how we learn? Where does globalization and our interconnected world figure in the mission of education?

What is the school’s responsibility in educating our children?

What is the parent’s responsibility? 

How can entrepreneurs fill the gap? 

If Air B&B can disrupt the hospitality business, Uber the taxi/limousine business, and Netflix the movie business, who are the next big disruptors in education? How can technology, the sharing economy and a cross-cultural exchange produce revolutionary change in how we teach our kids? What blue sky idea would you implement in the education space if you had the opportunity? 

In a recent New York Times column, Frank Bruni wrote: “We want and need our schools to be as safe as possible. But when it comes to learning, shouldn’t they be dangerous?  Isn’t education supposed to provoke, disrupt, challenge the paradigms that young people have consciously embraced and attack the prejudices that they have unconsciously absorbed?”