I find this video quite inspiring (even though it is rather visually over-produced, IMHO). Here are some of my favourite extracts that relate to real learning:
04:10: "In schools do you train for passing tests or do you train for creative enquiry?"
11:29: "Cultivating [the] capacity to seek what's significant, always willing to question whether you're on the right track - that's what education is meant to be about."
12:15: "Do we want to have a society of free, creative, independent individuals able to appreciate and gain from the cultural achievements of the past and to add to them? Do we want that, or do we want people who can increase GDP? They're not the same thing."
16:30: "I've been on admissions committees for entry into an advanced graduate programme... and we of course pay some attention to test results, but really not too much. A person can do magnificently on every test and understand very little.
17:40: "If [assessment] is just a set of hurdles you have to cross it can turn out to be not only meaningless, but it can divert you away from things you ought to be doing."
19:40: "Passing tests doesn't begin to compare with searching and enquiring and pursuing topics that engage us and excite us. That's far more significant than passing tests."