The biggest irony in education is that we give kids ginormous standardized tests that say “Keep your answer inside the box.” and “Fill in the bubble and erase any stray marks.” And we focus on those tests. A lot. But, real learning? It’s about stray marks. It’s about coloring outside the lines. Outside the box. The box is just some place we try to put all kids, in neat little rows, where everything has a simple definition and the numbers all line up. But learning? It’s just not simple. The problems we’ll face in the future? We don’t even know what those might be. But, they have one thing in common with the ones we face today. They’ll have nothing to do with bubbles and everything to do with thinking, creating, innovating, dreaming, and problem solving. Those are skills that don’t just happen. They require practice. The kind of practice that happens outside the box.