"Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.
"Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have."
- Steve Jobs
Our Philosophical Canon
Free-Range Kids: How Parents and Teachers Can Let Go and Let Grow by Lenore Skenazy
Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Brown, M.D. and Christopher Vaughan
A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the 21st Century by Oliver Van DeMille
Lost Connections: Why You’re Depressed and How to Find Hope by Johann Hari
The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined by Salman Khan
Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life by William Deresiewicz
The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives by William Stixrud, PhD and Ned Johnson
Your Child’s Strengths: Discover Them, Develop Them, Use Them by Jennifer Fox, M.Ed.
Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms by Timothy D. Walker
A School of Our Own: The Story of the First Student-Run High School and a New Vision for American Education by Samuel Levin and Susan Engel
Free at Last: The Sudbury Valley School by Daniel Greenberg
Sold a Story
In this gripping podcast, Emily Hanford investigates an explosive story on how American public schools were sold a particular approach to teach kids how to read—and it never worked. For decades, millions of kids have languished under this approach, injuring their self-esteem and flattening their educational trajectory.
The Myth of Average
Todd speaks about the ineffectiveness of a one-size-fits-all education that is the common paradigm in traditional schools. He then paints a vision of the future where personalized learning can work better for everyone.
Changing Educational Paradigms
Sir Ken Robinson
Sir Ken Robinson explains how the "epidemic of ADHD" and traditional schooling environments are interrelated, and how schools often educate away our children's creativity.