Book Review

Education Nation

Six Leading Edges of Innovation in Our Schools

by Milton Chen, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 2010, 296 pp. with index, $24.95 hardcover


In the foreword to this book, George Lucas, founder of the George Lucas Educational Foundation, points out that “technology is a virus that is changing education” and calls education “the single most important job of the human race.”


The author of Education Nation, Milton Chen, has long been a part of the Lucas initiative to broaden opportunities and environments for child-centered learning and engagement. He advocates a society where education of children and adults is the national priority.

To accomplish this, Chen introduces the concept of “edges” of the schools system. His theory is that changing the edges will reshape the core.

The book is divided into chapters dealing with thinking, curriculum, technology, time and place, co-teaching and youth. Each chapter contains examples of how these changes are coming about. The examples are specific and reference schools and programs where change is happening. These are practical examples that he has tested, and in each case he shows rewarding outcomes.

Chen demonstrates his complete commitment to change in the delivery of information. Education Nation is a comprehensive view of major system change. The chapter notes and selected websites are applicable for system planning.

Reviewed by Frank Kelly, executive director, Canadian Association of School Administrators, Oakville, Ontario