There’s always a lot of creativity in how education is delivered. A school could be under a tree, could be inside someone’s home. It could be in a mosque or a church, it could be anywhere young people can gather safely with adults who can instruct them.
From the learning sciences literature we know that kids can learn small things, like addition and subtraction, on the way to big things — like creativity and collaboration. We're not doing poor kids any favors by the drill-and-kill method.
The U.S. election showed that education needs to go beyond academic knowledge to deal with the disruptions wrought by automation, free trade and other economic shifts. It’s not just skills for work, but skills to develop strong citizens.
In life, people have many paths, but you want them to have agency to be able to act and fully develop what they want to do to the fullest. They need self-confidence, to be able to negotiate, form good relationships, be a constructive member of a community.