10/16/2010 10:42 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

School Daze: it's a problem

Academic, non-academic and the culture of our institutions. Sir Ken Robinson, author and thinker on creativity and innovation, weighs in on the troubles endemic to public education in these times. "Our children are living in the most stimulating period in the history of the earth," says Robinson. "We should be waking them up."

Whereas 100 years ago, the emphasis was on the three R's in education: "Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic," times have changed. So, how do we move ahead?

The partnership for 21st Century Skills, an Arizona-based membership organization supported by education businesses, advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. They propose a fusion of the R's with four C's and a ps: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, critical thinking and problem solving.

Alphabet aside, Robinson describes the paradigm shift in education in this nifty animated presentation. It will make you think.