This is still one of my most favorite TED Talks. I love to listen to this again and again. There is so much to it and Sir Ken Robinson simply nails it. Please watch and pay good attention. I don’t want to add anything to this. But I would like to point out some of the things Sir Ken Robinson says:
There are three principals that drive human life to flurish:
1) Human beings are naturally different and diverse
Unfortunately the education under the “no child left behind system” is not based on diversity but on conformity and no equal weight is given to the different parts (math, science, humanities, arts).
I especially love how he points out the relationship to ADHD cases…
“Children are suffering from childhood”
If you can light that spark, they learn without further assistance! Kids are natural learners. Curiosity is the engine of achievement.
Teachers are the lifeblood of the success of schools. Teaching should be a creative profession. Great teachers do mentor, stimulate, provoke and engage. Not only test.
“The role of a teacher is to facilitate teaching.”
Today the dominant culture is testing. Testing should support learning.
“Instead of curiosity we have a culture of compliance.”
c) Human life is creative. We create our life and we can re-create it.
“One of the roles of education is to awaken and develop these powers of creativity”
What do systems, which succeed do differently?
1) Individualize teaching and learning. System has to engage their diversity, their curiosity and their creativity
2) High status is given to the teaching profession.
3) Devolve responsibility to the school level. No command and control from above.
Education is not a mechanical system, it’s a human system. It’s about people!
And now let me end this with what I think is one of the deepest messages in this speech:
Death Valley is not dead, it’s dormant. Right beneath the surface are these seeds of possibility, waiting for the right conditions to come around. And with organic systems, If the conditions are right, life is inevitable!
I hope you enjoy his speech as much as I do. There are so many important messages, things that we should consider to give our kids a good and motivating experience in their journey through their years of education.