We stumbled upon Sir Ken Robinson talking about American education on TED:
How to escape education’s death valley.
We are big fans of Sir Ken and have posted videos of his talks before. He focuses on the fact that we do not celebrate creativity and children’s sense of wonder and curiosity in American schools. In fact, he says, curiosity is the ‘engine’ of learning. We have de-professionalized teachers. We have turned teachers into delivery modes using testing as a diagnostic, when the best teachers actually mentor, stimulate, provoke and engage.
Lessons from Finland: Individualize teaching and learning and raise the professionalism of teachers, invest in their training every year and devolve responsibility to the schools to get the job done – don’t operate from a ‘command central’ top down. Allow discretion in the classroom – where the work is done.
This 20 minute TED talk is spot-on about American education, mixed in with some witty humor – it’s enjoyable to watch, but reveals some pretty scary truths about our schools.
Robinson says there are three kinds of people: immovable, movable and those who move – who make things happen. If enough people move, we have a movement, if there is enough movement, we have a revolution.
Click here to watch the talk. We always enjoy Sir Robinson – he is spot on with his points, and downright funny. If we can honestly access our ways, laugh at the silliness of some of them and make changes that will improve learning for our American children, we can make a difference in the direction of this country.
Let’s continue to be those who spark movements – and maybe one day soon, we’ll have a revolution in DeKalb!
For more Ken Robinson videos watch:
Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity? </a?
Changing Education Paradigms