Sir Ken Robinson: Changing Education Paradigms

Reforming public education – Economic and Cultural.
Trying to meet the future by doing what they did in the past – alienating kids.
Past –> go to school, work hard, college degree = job. Kids today don’t believe that!
Not if the route to a degree marginalises what you think is important about yourself.
Raise standards – problem – current education system was designed and structured for a different age – intellectual culture of the Enlightenment, economic culture of the Industrial Revolution.
Intelligence – intellectual model of the mind. ‘Academic ability’. Academic = smart people. Non academic = non smart people. Consequence = many brilliant people think they’re not.
Modern epidemic – ADHD – NOT and epidemic. Students being medicated.
This is the most intensely stimulating period in history.
Beseeched with information and calls for attention from computers, iPhones, ads, tvs etc. In trouble for getting ‘distracted’. The arts are victims of this mentality. Aesthetic Experience – when senses are operating at their peak, present in the current moment, resonating with excitement with this thing you’re experiencing, fully alive.
Anaesthetic – shut your senses off, deaden yourself to what’s happening – given drugs, putting students to sleep – should be waking them up to what they have inside of themselves.
System of education modeled on the interests of Industrialism and in the image of it.
Kids seperated into age groups – some are better with mixed ages, different times of the day, disciplines, small groups, large groups or on their own.
Model of education – conformity, standardisation.
Need to go in the exact opposite direction – changing the paradigm.
Creativity – process of having original ideas that have value.
Divergent thinking – an essential capacity for creativity. Ability to see lots of possible answers, ways of interpreting a question, think laterally, multiple answers.
Test – Kindy kids – 98% scored genius level thinking – retested 5 years later – shows we all have this capacity, mostly deteriorates. Become educated – told there’s one answer.
Inside school – seen as ‘cheating’, Outside of school seen as ‘collaborating’.
We have to think differently about human capacity. Think differently about old school academic, non academic. Recognise most great learning happens in groups.
Collaboration is the stuff of growth.
Culture/habits of institutions and the habitats that they occupy.

My thoughts:
Need to change out attitude/behaviour towards learning.
How do people view the current system? Does it work for them? What is the students perspective of how we learn and to what extent it allows for individual creativity? Do they feel stressed as a result of how they are taught?


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