I recently watched an inspiring talk given as part of the TED 2008 conference by Dave Eggers, a philanthropist and teacher-at-large (as they describe him). The talk shows ways in which dedicated one-to-one teaching can be provided to pupils who would not normally have access to this sort of personal tuition. What's more, the students seem to lap it up.
The successful and growing network of professionals volunteering their time to shine their light on local students of all ages is only part of the story. His novel approach to teaching and the way he makes learning fun should be an inspiration to all of us.
As Time puts it: "Many writers, having written a first best-seller, might see it as a nice way to start a career. He started a movement instead."
Dave's ideas won him the 2008 TED Prize, and as a result his talk describes his idea and asks the wider intellectual community to help grant his TED Wish. Meanwhile his site, Once Upon a School, aims to promote his ideas to many more people and record their stories of participation. The stated aim is to "Inspire companies and individuals to connect with their schools and ensure we will have 1,000 stories told".
UsingEnglish.com would like to wish him good luck, and we hope you will feel able to participate, or at least spread the word.
Please take the time to watch the video below and see if there is any way in which you can help. If the video fails to play, you can see it on the TED site here.