I like these two talks for so many reasons. Exploring and understanding the world with our bodies is just as important as exploring and learning with our minds. TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, and they publish the inspiring talks from their conferences for free on the web. If you click through the links below, there is an option to read the transcript of the talk. Each talk is 20 minutes long.
Below is from 2006:
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
And in June 2010:
In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish.