Changing Education Paradigms – A New Direction for Learning?

My mom sent me this video the other day. If you have 11 minutes to spare, I highly recommend that you check it out.

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The talk is given by Ken Robinson, a world-renowned education and creativity expert; an author, speaker, and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education and arts bodies; and a recipient of the RSA Benjamin Franklin reward. The talk is visualized with an animation and lots of cool quotes that help you follow along.

Sir Robinson goes over the history and the future of education; he discusses why things may have worked in the past but don’t now. He talks about the ADHD “epidemic”, and our potential for creativity at age 5 and then after years of schooling. He has so many fabulous quotes.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from Changing Education Paradigms…

  • How do we educate our children to take their place in the economies of the 21st century? Given that we can’t anticipate what the economy will look like at the end of next week.
  • The current system was designed and conceived for a different age… – in the intellectual culture of the enlightenment and the economic circumstance of the industrial revolution.
  • This model has caused chaos!
  • The arts are victims of this mentality.
  • We are getting our children through education by anesthetizing them.
  • Education is modeled on the interests of industrialization and on the image of it… Schools are organized on factory lines.
  • Divergent thinking is an essential capacity for creativity.
  • How many uses can you think of for a paperclip? Can it be 200 feet tall and made out of foam rubber?
  • We are taught that there’s one answer (at the back. don’t look! don’t copy! that’s cheating!).

I hope you will go watch the video so that you know how these quotes all play into Sir Ken’s theories and message.

Let me know what you think! What’s your opinion of today’s education system?

To be honest I probably have less experience with it than most – I was homeschooled until the middle of 6th grade. I think that I am probably better off because of this fact. I do know that I had many frustrating experiences in public school and that there are definitely things I would change, especially with respect to the way that students are grouped and the way that we were forced to learn.

3 Comments on Changing Education Paradigms – A New Direction for Learning?

  1. Kristina
    12 November, 2010 at 10:16 pm (4 years ago)

    I saw him speak a few months ago, and while I love his message, as a teacher, I do feel that it isn’t quite as easy as tapping into students’ creativity. I teach Spanish (usually as a second or third language), and some students do *get* it more easily and also some are more passionate about languages, but for other students, it is work. And as much as I agree with the idea that stimulating their creativity will also stimulate students’ learning, there is also a certain amount of learning that is not exactly “fun”. So, I think that, as a teacher, I do try to strike a balance, and I also try to make enough of the activities student-centered, but it can’t always be loads of fun, especially when people are practicing very conjugations.

  2. Kristina
    13 November, 2010 at 12:22 am (4 years ago)

    Ooops, I meant “verB” conjugations.
    On a final note, I will say that I believe that the emphasis on testing IS killing our students’ creativity and joy along with plenty of teachers’ creativity and joy.

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