Matt Barnes is the Co-Founder and Parent Coach at The Education Game. Over 25 years, he has led hospital departments, distributed $500m in philanthropy, run an education reform nonprofit, served on nine educational boards from university to pre-K, and now coaches parents on navigating the education system. His aim is to help every parent grow kids who are curious, competent, life-long learners.
Matt did quit his job to become a stay-at-home father. After three years as a full-time-dad, he had a new appreciation of the traditional role of mothers and also understood the pressures behind the women’s liberation movement — as he often wanted to burn his “manzier.”
It was in 2014, when Matt launched The Educational Makeover, a learning lab that studied parent decision-making, mindsets, and capacities. Then he launched “The Education Game” in 2020, a speaking, coaching, blogging, and podcast platform that inspires parents to embrace a 21st-century learning model that shamelessly deemphasizes grades and academic compliance while radically emphasizing learning, problem solving, and student-engagement
He served as Houston’s representative on a national research initiative exploring the challenges facing Boys and Young Men of Color which later became President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.
00:30 What is Education Game?
02:26 Actionable Advice to a Frustrated Parent
16:21 What’s your Origin Story?
23:20 What about College?
47:34 Baby Steps to Starting in Alternative School
58:55 Screen Time during COVID
01:07:13 Metaphor Comparing Conventional School to Alternative
“Learning happens all the time. You can’t stop your child from learning.”
“Standardization doesn’t fly in the 21st century.”
“Starting a business teaches you so much.”
“The people that were hardest to manage were the people who were just average.”
“Once your child actually starts to adopt a mindset that they are learners, there’s far less work to do.”
Website – www.theEducationGame.com ; http://www.barnesstrategies.com
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewcbarnes/