Mark Eckhardt

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ark is a Zen Priest who trains visionary leaders, launches social businesses, loves cycling, composing music and trying to make the world spin in the opposite way.

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!

During my usual morning walk of the dog, I came across a group of frantic parents who were engrossed in a heated discourse about the planned shut down of all magnet schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. As is the case with many districts across the nation, the economic crisis has again caught up with the citizens of Los Angeles, and those who have managed to avoid the hurt of a bankrupted state and city government find themselves pinned against a wall.

A midst the fury, were cries for protest and action against the evil conservatives "who favor the military over our children." As noble as it sounds, their good intentions are misdirected and regretfully too little to late. 

At times like these, we need leaders who do not subscribe to the concept of party lines and timid Reform. We need leaders willing to wage a Learning Revolution that transforms our thoughts and actions.


Introducing Sir Ken Robinson....a delightful British Expat who just may posses the road map for getting us out of the dark.


I encourage everyone to pause for 18 minutes for the purpose of experiencing Sir Ken's recent Ted Talk - Watch Here - Sir Ken broaches the subject of our educational system with a disarming lightness and wit that makes the possibility of better education an attainable reality.


Sir Ken concludes his talk by reciting a poem by William Butler Yeats. I've provided a transcription of it below however, you need to hear Sir Ken deliver it to get the full effect of what is at stake.

William Butler Yeats

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

Here is to our children's future.