Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! Video on TED.com
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams
I loved the speech given by Ken Robinson so much, pity we had to wait four years for the follow up. He makes the case for personalised education as opposed to the industrial model of one size fits all which we have at the moment. I believe we should recognise the individual talents of the children in our care, as educators or as parents. For example children ask questions, as a parent you know that you will be bombarded with questions all day some (or maybe many) of which you will not know the answer to. Bu setting ourselves up as founts of knowledge we will surely be found out. Teachers are in a much worse position and are expected to know the answers to everything related to their subject. We cannot possibly know the answer to everything but we have a duty to our children to find out. So teaching becomes learning and we must not feel uncomfortable about that. As educators all we can do is guide the people in our charge to a better understanding of the world around them.
I hear this video is now used on training courses for teachers.
Monday, 15 November 2010
Friday, 29 October 2010
Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity Video on TED.com
Ken Robinson makes the point that we are stifling creativity in our children.
Creativity is something I very much admire in people. Those who can write beautiful poetry, create stunning works of art or even those who can go into the kitchen without a cookbook and emerge with a meal which is delightful to the eye as well as the tongue.
I consider myself to be very practical and to have very little creativity but I wonder if there is a creative person waiting inside to come out when I really need it. Am I the product of a pragmatic education system which is only looking for more people to fuel the economy? We need to look at our education system and radically review what we are doing to the potential of the thousands of children who are being let down and failed by our current system.
What a responsibility we have for the next generation.