Skip the standardized tests and bring on the creativity.
How do you get people to pay attention to the conversation about education? Forget the stuffy academic lectures, and take a page from the U.K.'s Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce's playbook. Back in 2008, they turned an hour-long talk by creativity and education expert Sir Ken Robinson into an 11-minute animated video spelling out how the real problem in our schools is our antiquated, industrial-age education model that promotes conformity and a narrow view of intelligence—and millions of people around the globe watched it. Fortunately for us, Robinson's still teaming up with the RSA and they're still animating his thought-provoking insights into what's wrong with our schools and how we can fix it.