""I guess a good life would be having people that support me and being able to financially support myself, and being happy - even though that’s not exactly always something that you can be because of whatever problems that are going on in life. So I guess being able to support myself, having others to support me, and, being happy."
I think school in its ideal form provides a variety of opportunities, and provides a belief in the innate capacity of every child. Schools that have a variety of opportunities for individuals to flourish and then see every child as having potential and capacity really can make a huge difference for a child. I don't think that's how most schools work... We say that school is empowering, but largely we act in very controlling ways. So we use the language of empowerment, but we use actions of control.
School should help her know herself. It should help her know her power. It should help her find her sense of responsibility and community. It should offer her access to inspirational guides. It should offer her skills to be able to fully embrace and utilize the information that exists in the world, and it should offer her access to great thinkers and great teachers, and the intersection of ideas.
"When I started Galileo I thought what I was doing was providing access to academic areas like science, and engineering, and visual arts. But it turned out that what we were really doing was creating an environment. An environment that collectively, between curriculum design, classroom ritual, and overall community design, creates a special space that allows people's best selves to emerge. And ideally that's what schools could do too. It's harder, I know, but that's what I would love to see happen in schools."
"Our vision of education is enabling students to find their passion and purpose while they’re in school... To dream and to build. Those two things are what I want school to give students the opportunity to do... Ultimately, if a school can get someone ready to live an extraordinary, not an ordinary life, it has been successful."
"I think schools should exist to enable and empower people to grow into the best version of themselves and into good citizens... I hope we give people a sense of why participating in our democracy is important and build some motivation to participate. And I hope we also learn to be supportive human beings to one another."
"I also think that as society evolved to become more advanced in terms of technology and different aspects, they wanted to...educate kids so that they can keep up and contribute... But, I also think that schools are targeted - they’re aimed towards a very specific range of fields in the future, and I don’t think it applies to everyone.
"If you had to choose one thing about your high experience to change what would it be and why? I would probably do stuff that makes me happy and not something that I feel it’s a pressure to do. So, just join more clubs and take advantage of everything that we have. And not be afraid to ask questions."