“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. Education to Better their World is the most important and insightful book I have read in many years.”
CHARLES M. REIGELUTH, Professor of Education, Indiana University
“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
“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
“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
“it’s a great book. Filled with food for thought, common sense, provocative ideas—and fun to read.”
NIEVES SEGOVIA, Presidenta, Institucion Educativa SEK (SEK International Schools)
“Prensky offers perhaps the most compelling case and model yet articulated by anyone for today’s globally-empowered children. A must-read book for all educators and anyone who cares about education.”
JAMES TRACY, Head of School, Rocky Hill School (RI)
“Wow. As a takeaway it is good—very good.”
JOHN SEELY BROWN, Deloitte Center for the Edge
In his seventh and most visionary book, internationally renowned educator and futurist Marc Prensky presents a compelling alternative to how and what we teach our children.
Prensky argues that a routinely taught combination of math, language arts, science, and social studies increasingly leaves the bulk of our students woefully unprepared for the future. Drawing on emerging world trends, he elaborates a comprehensive vision for K-12 education that includes new goals, new means, a new curriculum, a new kind of teaching, and a new use of technology.
What K-12 education should be about, says Prensky, is improving the world–and having individuals improve in the process.
This is a book ultimately about developing young people’s capacity to accomplish things that will make the world a better place, using means never before available. It offers an innovative and achievable vision for a Global Future Education that will better prepare students from all backgrounds.
The vision, summarized:
We don’t need to incrementally fix our old academic education. We need to transition from the academic education to something new.
There is now a better way to improve the world through education, given our newly empowered kids:
We no longer need a curriculum based on the same Math, English, Science and Social Studies for all (“the MESS”). We need to help our kids become Accomplishers, mastering the application of all the following skills to whatever they are passionate about: