It's About to Get Uncomfortable: Education in America | Matt Beaudreau | TEDxSantaCruz

What would it look like to truly collaborate on the future of our schools with all stakeholders, from kindergartners to administrators? Educator Matt Beaudreau argues that alternative and democratic schools are successfully challenging existing educational paradigms, and embracing a radically collaborative approach that could change the face of education for America's children. Hang on-- it's about to get uncomfortable.

Matt Beaudreau is vice principal at Adventure Christian School in Roseville and a teacher trainer with the Center for Teacher Effectiveness. With his nickname, Education Dude, he has given keynote speeches at education conferences and worked with more than 10,000 educators across the country. He is the lead on a committee to build a state-of-the-art high school in Northern California.

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Author SL ( ago)
People's responses are amazing... I see that your active in the comments so it might've saved me from finding you on some other social medium! My wife and I homeschool and we're looking to reinvent the entire approach because it's just not working. I'm interested in some reading materials or other media resources that cover this more elaborately. Any suggestions?

Author Rosemary McGaughy ( ago)
lol captain obvious

Author JoachimderZweite ( ago)
This is rubbish and the top education achievement countries would never consider it which is why they are also top economies as well as producers of highly educated students.

Author Mostly Harmless ( ago)
Everyone in my school are very immature even the teachers.

Author ohmusicsweetmusic ( ago)
another education celebrity wanna-be. Cute, well spoken, nice smile.... let's see how he does in an urban all black school. Clueless.

Author JAZJ ( ago)
This is the kind of stupid shit that is making out education system a failure. It is communism in a another form. STOP brainwashing our kids and instilling into them your diabolical, globalist agenda of creating a "cattle" underclass.

Author Friseal1 ( ago)
Interesting to see someone advocating taking what has already been highly popular home education models and apply it to public/general education. But the idea that students are "equal" to their educators is foolishness. As human beings, certainly! But as viable decision makers, not so. A "true democracy" is not a good idea for any successful society for it's just another name for "mob rule." That's why the USA is actually a democratic republic.

Author Átila ( ago)
Einstein is not a model for anything, people still giving him credit to things that was even his ideia...

Author Koneko ( ago)
I love this so much!

Author Bethany S ( ago)
Does anyone know where I can find the full script of this speech? I am thinking of using part of it for a forensics piece. Thank you.

Author Judy Yero (1328 years ago)
Couldn't agree more...but educational policy makers know there is "something better"--they send their own kids to those schools!...and yet they insist that public schools must retain one size fits all mentality, telling students what, how and when to learn for 12 years. Learner-centered/progressive schools have existed for years--for those who can afford to send their kids there. Their graduates are independent thinkers, lifelong learners, and kids who grow into caring, responsible adults who ask difficult questions and recognize their own ability to change the world. One has to wonder if that's what those in power do NOT want...because it would create a citizenry that would be much more difficult to govern and control.

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Author Agile Learning Centers ( ago)
Some wise words, Matt.
Thanks for the shoutout!

Author Atsushi Saitoh ( ago)
What's he saying at 3:28-3:30?
Can somebody catch the words?

Author Kevin Wilcox ( ago)
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.

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