of Educational Pioneers
We have included quotes from over two dozen
educational pioneers, some who are not household names.
To give the lay reader an easy reference to these
experts, we begin with a short list of their
Ernest Boyer (1928-1995), president of Carnegie
Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Thomas Friedman, columnist for the New York Times,
author of The World is Flat (2005). His call for better
teaching has inspired teachers to rethink how they
present information to students.
Alison Gopnik, clinical psychologist at UC Berkeley.
Lou Holtz (1937-), motivational speaker and retired
football coach .
Ellen Langer, professor of psychology.
Dennis Littky, author of The Big Picture: Education is
Everybody’s Business. His school, the Met Center in
Providence, R.I., has spawned a chain of 25 schools in
Tom Magliozzi, one of the Car Talk guys on National
Public Radio, author of In Our Humble Opinion: Car
Talk's Click and Clack Rant and Rave (2000).
Jamie McKenzie, Seattle, Wash. His article in The WIRED
Classroom provides a list of descriptors of the role of
a teacher who is a “guide on the side” while students
are conducting their investigations. His websitefno.org
(“from now on”) is recommended for teachers who want to
teach better starting today.
Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind and Free Agent
Nation, has several memorable lectures on YouTube
(search “Drive Daniel Pink Motivation”).
Ken Robinson, author of The Element, has over 400,000
hits on his lecture describing how “schools remove
Robert Sternberg (1949-), psychologist.
Mark Twain (1835-1910), author and humorist.
Tom vander Ark, “edu-preneur,” blog commentator at
EdReformer.com, former head of the charity that
distributed over $800 million to education.
W. B. Yeats (1865-1939) poet.