Marc Prensky’s answer to the question “What is the purpose of education?” — that education should now empower youth to improve their communities and the world — would unleash the energy, creativity, and compassion of students and teachers in ways we have never imagined. We need the better world Prensky envisions and we need it now.
— Milton Chen
The George Lucas Educational Foundation
We all want our kids to be educated. What’s changing is what an education is, and what “being educated” means.
— Marc Prensky
Marc Prensky—one of the smartest people working in educational reform today—offers us a lucid, inspiring, optimistic, doable, and crucial blueprint for how we can build a future with the schools children desperately need in our modern, high-risk, highly complex, fast-changing, and imperiled world.
— James Paul Gee
Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies, Regents’ Professor, Arizona State University
Read The Vision
“Every now and then a book comes along that helps you see the world in a very different way. This is one of those books…the most important and insightful book I have read in many years.”
— CHARLES M. REIGELUTH, Professor of Education, Indiana University
Marc Prensky’s 7th book, Education to Better Their World: Unleashing the Power of 21st Century Kids, describes a new vision of what a third-millennium education can be – an alternative that far better meets the needs of tomorrow’s kids than the academic “MESS” (math, English, science, social studies)-based education of today. The book was awarded the Foreward INDIES Book of the Year 2016 GOLD PRIZE FOR EDUCATION.
The Global Future Education Foundation and Institute
creator and funder of the Better Their World Database is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedication to promoting and spreading CIVILIZATION-LEVEL CHANGE IN EDUCATION through an EDUCATION TO BETTER THEIR WORLD — the new, better alternative vision of education for young people in the third millennium — around the world.
Our Core Team
Esther Wojcicki, David Engle, and Marc Prensky are all strong advocates for a new vision of education — an alternative to the “academic” education offered almost universally in the world, an alternative that better fits the kids, and the world of tomorrow — Empowerment to Better Their World
Projects for Inspiration: The Database
The Better Their World Database is a freely-available listing of completed and potential real-world-projects with MEASURABLE POSITIVE IMPACT on the world — intended to stimulate students’ and teachers’ thinking about what today’s students can accomplish.
Try it! ⇒
Click Apply in upper right to view all the projects. Scroll though the projects and click on any project to see details. Return to the list and click Add Filters in upper right to apply conditions to the list. (You can also use the buttons at the bottom to navigate.)
Marc Prensky was always ahead of his time. Education to Better Their World continues this trend in spades. This book is a goldmine and a powerful wakeup call that the future is already here—in pockets right now but a harbinger of what is rapidly emerging. Read the book and make yourself part of the future today.
— MICHAEL FULLAN, Professor Emeritus, OISE / University of Toronto
Let the children build the world they will be living in.
— An enlightened education minister
The Changing Ends of Education
Some schools are cages and some schools are wings
Rubem Alves (Brazil)
Schools that are cages make the birds forget how to fly. Caged birds are under control. Caged birds can be taken anywhere. Caged birds always have an owner. Caged birds are not birds anymore. Because they lost the essence of being a bird: they forgot how to fly.
Schools that are wings do not love caged birds. They love the birds when they are flying. Those schools encourage the birds to fly. They cannot teach them how to fly because this happens inside the birds when they are born. The flight cannot be taught. It can only be encouraged.