...because school is life   

A school should not be a preparation for life. A school should be life.

—Elbert Green Hubbard (1856-1915), American philosopher and writer



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Education 2029: Getting the Education Formula Right

While the American educational system is often criticized publicly, there are so many good things that can be said about it. The really good news is that educators now know all the pieces that are required to transform the American educational system. The difficulty that still remains is putting all the pieces together:

  • A well-defined path from school to work, the school-to-workforce pipeline
  • A clear set of skills and knowledge required for the 21st century
  • Project-based learning (PBL) and challenge-based learning (CBL), so students can immediately apply what they learn
  • An individualized educational plan (IEP) for all students, designed so that students can have their needs met, but without overly burdening teachers with the details
  • Opportunities for all students to regularly explore their personal strengths and interests
  • A meaningful set of personalized motivators, instead of expecting all students to be motivated to comply with the established system
  • Frequent and meaningful feedback on performance
  • Interdisciplinary learning, connecting content across courses

Education 2029 finds ways to integrate all these features, and more, into the American educational system.


As a start, check out the powerful lessons and tools revealed by the late Dr. Randy Pausch, professor of Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University.

Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture: How to Live Your Life…and Achieve Your Childhood Dreams

Teachers are always trying to pass on wisdom to students about how to succeed in life.

Dr. Pausch has lessons we all should learn early in life. In addition, he offers insights and secrets that educators should learn, if they want to truly make a difference in the lives of their students.

Find an hour and 17 minutes when you can sit down and listen to Dr. Pausch with full attention. If you don't have time, catch the abbreviated, 10-minute version from the Oprah show, knowing that these are just highlights.

ABC Special on Randy Pausch

Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture, as presented on the Oprah Show


Education 2029 is part of the America 2029 program.


Last Updated: February 7, 2017