Schools without classrooms | George Greenbury | TEDxFulbrightGlasgow

Cavemen didn’t teach their children how to hunt mammoths in a classroom, so why are classrooms necessary to education today? George Greenbury explores the future of education and ways we can use online education to address global educational inequalities. Adapting online education to be more engaging and social ensures a future where online learning can provide high quality education for all. George Greenbury is a Fulbright Scholar, Teach First Ambassador, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. George holds an MA in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge, an EdM in School Leadership from Harvard University, and a PGCE and MA in Educational Leadership from the University of Warwick. George is currently Head of Religious Studies at Epsom College; before this he was Principal Intern at Community Charter School of Cambridge, and Head of Faculty at Grace Academy Darlaston.
George’s interests in education are in teaching and learning, and how schools can use online education to improve learning. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at



  1. June 20, 2021
    Joan Bacon

    I would have been so on board with this 2 years ago but after watching my son struggle with lack of connection with his peers, his need to be apart of a team in his after school sports — Where would these experiences come from if not at a school?

  2. June 20, 2021
    Nahid Ali

    Haha he’s my old Religious Studies teacher 😬 an inspirational person!

  3. June 20, 2021

    I love this idea, it would work so well in California too. Our kids are bored silly with classes that simply don't do anything but fill time for most kids.

  4. Very good teacher.

  5. June 20, 2021
    Tubular Videos

    It seems this might be the way of the future. With teacher salaries stagnant, the amount of money they have to spend on resources for their classes out of their own pocket without reimbursement….. This would certainly take a load off of their shoulders.

  6. June 20, 2021
    Cali Simpson

    Thanks for your talk! I am a teacher who is going to launch some online courses and I stuck with a problem how to make my online courses different.

  7. June 20, 2021
    Donna D

    I get it, especially after the lock downs… but I think we already lacking so much with our human connection and we learn so much about it when in a classroom

  8. June 20, 2021
    Ricky Grays

    I can't imagine doing this for primary school education. But in Italy, once at a high school age, teenagers pick specialty schools that match their interests. THAT makes so much sense

  9. June 20, 2021
    Mango Cantu

    Volunteering appears to be easier than teaching kids. LOL

  10. June 20, 2021
    Ariana Asherton

    Why is it that some haven't a clue how to teach; except in using some elusive theories, tell us how we should teach our kids?

  11. June 20, 2021
    Gerald Solley

    I did an online course in 2012, and ever since then I have seen online education becoming more prominent, makes sense to me!

  12. June 20, 2021
    Daria Sotnykova

    I understand what is being said here but I must ask, where will the children learn soft skills that we are so desperately needing these days? Already we spend so much time online, and it has been proven in numerous studies that the developing brains thrive in a real life, hands on experience and that screens hinder that development? I respect what is being said here but I really think to digitalize education can be beneficial in some ways, for our youth though, especially with the time already spent in front of screens… Education needs more resources, more research, more funding to make it effective. Let's not be like every other corporation and cut down from the bottom line to make it more "efficient and effective".

  13. June 20, 2021
    Kashai Q

    I hated school, I saw little point of it other than reading and writing. Now I have kids, I consider school important more for the social and psychological development. After last year having the kids at home learning, I felt this even more. While I see the value of online education, especially since I agree that most of what we are teaching kids at school can be moved to this format and give wider access to quality education, we also need to find other ways to provide our kids with interpersonal skills and experiences face to face

  14. June 20, 2021
    My Own Boss

    Teaching isn't perfect, though I do believe its getting better because we are getting better, more knowledgable and more modern ways of educating our children and ourselves.

  15. June 20, 2021
    Close Connections

    There are a few people who really care about the next generation and want to change the teaching style so kids are attracted and excited about learning instead of pressured to have good grades.

  16. June 20, 2021
    Sebastian Roseter

    We need more teachers like this, who care more about the kids and how they learn, rather than just forcing the kids to learn stale old lessons.

  17. June 20, 2021
    Gabor Sette

    Where I'm from once our youth get to high school, we split boys and girls in different schools. Where my partner is from they didn't do this. The difference in our countries and how the opposite genders connect once out of school is VERY different. What I am getting at with this, if we had all kids separated, they would miss out so many interpersonal skills and relationship building tools and I think at a time when so much of our lives are spent online, it is so important for our children to have a space to be hands on and connect with one another. I appreciate that stats he mentions, but a lot of this could be solved with a change in how we educate and more funding.

  18. June 20, 2021
    Jacoby Desoiles

    Personally I think the last thing we need is to have online learning. I think during the lockdown we realised that children definitely do a lot better in a group setting. What we really need is funding put into our school's. Our teachers need more resources. Of course no one is going to learn when there are 40 students and only 1 teacher.

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  20. June 20, 2021
    Mr. Causey

    It has more to do with the lack of the teacher's ability to deliver the message than the setting. The problem is we work on the premise that everyone can teach, but it's just not true. Teaching is more of a gift than a learned skill.


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