Play, Passion, Purpose

Try It

Tony Wagner, renowned education thought leader, gives a compelling explanation of why the culture of schooling is radically at odds with the culture of learning. This video helps you explore ways to reimagine school to infuse play, passion, and purpose into the lives of your children.

Discuss It

  • “What the world cares about is not what you know, but what you can do with what you know.” Do you agree? Does this align with your school’s priorities?
  • How does your classroom (or school) help students become lifelong learners and responsible citizens ?
  • What must we do differently to develop the capacity of young people as innovators prepared to meet the future’s challenges?
  • Which of your teachers had the biggest positive impact on you, and how were they role models? Were they outliers in the education system? 
  • Tony discusses the importance of failure. How can we help kids develop a mindset that accepts, even invites, failing?
  • Tony calls on us to be innovators in teaching, to take risks, to learn from mistakes, and to work collaboratively with colleagues. Most of all, to bring play, passion, and purpose to our young people. Where will you begin? Does your school culture support this?


Go Deeper

Learn more from Dr. Wagner about how to lead the way in this video.  While this talk was delivered to administrators, Tony’s advice resonates for all stakeholders interested in moving schools forward.
Be sure to check out Tony’s ground-breaking books, including: