"Offers a plan of action for what education needs to become, to prepare our children for a future none of us can predict."
SIR KEN ROBINSON
HUMANIZING THE EDUCATION MACHINE
"Our work at the Clayton Christensen Institute focuses on elevating the conversation and positive potential of disruptive innovate to transform our struggling education system. Humanizing the Education Machine captures the potential with a combination of in–depth research and compelling stories. Read it to further your vision of how you can play a role in this transformation."
Michael Horn, Coauthor of Disrupting Class and Blended, and Cofounder of the Clayton Christensen Institute
"The central issues for education in the twenty–first century are to keep the role of technology in perspective while discovering human solutions to uniquely human problems. Humanizing the Education Machine is a valuable contribution to this key topic that can be appreciated by administrators, teachers, and parents."
Lou Cozolino, Author of Attachment Based Teaching and Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University
"For decades we have known that our education system is failing our students, teachers, parents, and communities. Now a new kind of education is developing for the connected twenty–first century and it′s kid centered. How we got here, how we go forward, and what we should expect from our schools is explored in detail, using smart research and lively writing. I was caught up in the text, you will be, too."
Susan S. Szenasy, Publisher and Editor in Chief, Metropolis
"More than anything else in education, we need a culture shift. We need to shift from trying to create a one–size–fits–all solution to a culture of continuous innovation and iteration across the classroom, school, and district levels. We must think about the future our students face and ask new questions. The research, stories, and insights in Rex Miller′s Humanizing the Education Machine gives educational leaders the new questions. It also provides a new framework for that cultural shift."
Jaime Casap, Google′s Chief Education Evangelist
"This is one audacious book. In fact, Miller makes the case that education is in such crisis that the only appropriate response is to swing for the fences. Somehow it is personal, global, nuanced, outrageous, and perfectly logical. It is a book for the ages, and it presents the first way out of our current circumstances that makes so much sense. It′s a must–read."
Steve Peifer, recipient of the 2007 CNN′s Hero Award, the 2007 Yale Counseling Award, the 2010 Excellence in Education Award from the National Association for College Admissions Counseling and the 2013 NACCAP Guidance Professional of the Year
"Our current systems of education were designed to meet the challenges of the industrial revolution. What sort of education do our children need now to meet the radically different challenges of the twenty–first century? Humanizing the Education Machine explores this dilemma through the numerous voices of educators, community leaders, and parents. It is not just a call to action. It offers a plan of action for what education needs to become to engage our children in the present and prepare them properly for a future that none of us can predict. There can hardly be a more important conversation."
Sir Ken Robinson, Educator and Author of, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That′s Transforming Education
Foreword Kevin E. Baird ix
Foreword Ricky Kassanoff and Mark Hubbard xi
Foreword Dan Boggio xiii
Foreword Gregory Moore xv
Foreword Chris Petrick xvii
Chapter 1 Numbers Don t Lie 1
Chapter 2 Two Guys From Gainesville 13
Chapter 3 MindShift: We Didn t Seek Permission 21
Chapter 4 The Learning Manifesto 27
Chapter 5 How the Road to Transformation Began in Failure 43
Chapter 6 Gutenberg to Google 57
Chapter 7 The Learning Matrix: Mapping the Five Eras of Learning 67
Chapter 8 The Pandorification of Learning: The Future Is Here 83
Chapter 9 Changing the Odds: Getting Beyond Zip Code Destiny 99
Chapter 10 Humanizing the Great Education Machine 115
Chapter 11 The Healing Power of Social Emotional Literacy 131
Chapter 12 Creating a Healthy Learning Culture 147
Chapter 13 How Technology Is Supposed to Work 161
Chapter 14 Designing a Place That Inspires and Equips 183
Chapter 15 The Power of Positive 205
Chapter 16 Leading Change at Your School 221
Chapter 17 Humanity High: The Movie 239
Appendix From Accidental Change Agent to Up–Front Grief Counseling 253
Core Leaders 275