Links to Future Forward Material

Don’t Lecture Me: The Problem with Lecturing

Some College, No Degree: Why So Many Americans Drop Out of College, and What to Do About It.

Why Are Finland’s Schools Successful? An article about the schools in Finland being the best in the world. It’s a long article but laced throughout with ideas and actions that overturn our conventional wisdom over here in the U.S. –  posted 9/29/11

Transforming Teaching Through Technology. website from Jordan High School in Durham, NC, with online activities and links to various resources. –  posted 9/29/11

Flipboard is a social magazine application developed for the Apple iPad tablet computer.  It can take real-time media streams, such as Facebook, Twitter and Flickr photo accounts and turn them into something that looks like a magazine. –  posted 9/29/11

A Talk by Malcolm Gladwell. “Why do some succeed while others fail? What makes high achievers different?” (Note: The person introducing Mr. Gladwell is not easy to hear, but the rest of the interview is clearer.) Malcolm Gladwell is the author of  The Tipping PointBlink, and Outliers. In 2005 he was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.  –  posted 9/28/11

The 10,000 hour rule. A short interview between Anderson Cooper and Malcolm Gladwell.  Gladwell discusses a princle from his book Outliers, which he calls, the “10,000 hour rule”.

Impatient Optimists. An article on community colleges  from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  See the text in red (in the article) for links to statistics on how community college degrees can help combat unemployment and poverty. – Posted 9/28/11

Changing Education Paradigms –  An ” RSA animate” video,  adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award.

Rethinking the Way College Students are Taught – by Emily Hanford; an article from American Radio Works

Flipping the Classroom – from NCSU’s College of Education and The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation

For more information about FIZZ:

Schools Kill Creativity – a talk by Sir Ken Robinson, filmed in February 2006 for the TED talks series

From Andragogy to Heutagogy  – byStewart Hase and Chris Kenyon. An article about new a new approach in adult learning — moving from androgogy (teaching adults) to heutogogy (self-determined learning).

Let_s Use Video to Reinvent Education (20 minutes) a talk by Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy,  filmed in March 2011 for the TED talks series

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Website for the new 2014 GED test: Computer-based Testing

21st Century Bibliography


  1. Grown Up Digital                                               Don Tapscott
  2. The Long Emergency                                        James Howard Kunstler
  3. The Post-American World                                 Fareed Zakaria
  4. The Future and Its Enemies                              Virginia Postel
  5. Spiral Dynamics                                               Don Beck & Chris Cowan
  6. The Fourth Turning                                          Bill Strauss & Neil Howe
  7. The World Is Flat                                              Tom Friedman
  8. A Whole New Mind                                            Daniel Pink
  9. Dialogue: The Art of Thinking Together             William Isaacs
  10. Outliers                                                            Malcolm Gladwell
  11. A New Kind of Christianity                               Brian McLaren
  12. As the Future Catches You                               Juan Enriquez
  13. The Age of the Unthinkable                              Joshua Conner Ramo
  14. The Clash of Civilizations                                   Samuel P. Huntington
  15. The Great Reset                                                Richard Florida
  16. Dark Ages America                                           Morris Berman
  17. The Third Wave                                                Alvin Toffler
  18. Linked: The New Science of Networks                Albert Laszlo Barabasi
  19. Networks of Innovation                                    Ilkka Tuomi
  20. Smart World                                                      Richard Ogle
  21. Freefall                                                               Joseph Stiglitz
  22. Re-Imagining                                                     Tom Peters
  23. The Age of American Unreason                           Susan Jacoby
  24. The End of Oil                                                   Paul Roberts
  25. It’s Alive                                                           Chris Meyer & Stan Davis
  26. Microtrends                                                      Mark Penn & Kinney Zalesne
  27. Radical Evolution                                              Joel Garreau
  28. Biomimicry                                                        Janine Benyus
  29. A Vision for 2012                                             John Peterson
  30. Nanotechnology                                                Lynn Foster
  31. China, Inc                                                          Ted Fishman


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  2. Atlantic Monthly
  3. Fast Company
  4. The Futurist