A panel of educational experts talk about the value of "experiential education" or learning by doing. What if, for example, teachers started thinking of themselves as coaches and ask their students to practice rather than just learn?
Dennis Bartels, a nationally known science education and policy expert, became Executive Director of the Exploratorium in May 2006. He holds a PhD in Education Administration from Stanford University.
President and CEO, Project Lead the Way
Charles Best leads DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit organization which provides a simple way to address educational inequity. At DonorsChoose.org, public school teachers create classroom project requests and donors can pick the projects they want to support. Charles launched the organization twelve years ago out of a Bronx public high school where he taught history. DonorsChoose.org is one of Oprah Winfrey's "ultimate favorite things" and was named by Fast Company as one of the "50 Most Innovative Companies in the World," the first time a charity has received this recognition. For three years, Fortune Magazine has named Charles to its "40 under 40 hottest rising stars in business."
Emerita Professor of Physics and Former Chair, Department of Particle Physics and Astrophysics, Stanford University; Chair, National Board on Science Education
Vince Bertram, Ph.D and president and CEO of Project Lead the Way, explains that while we accept the "practice makes perfect" and "learning from failure" approach with kids in sports and music, we think quite differently when it comes to education. Why?