TEDtalks Ken Robinson ~ How to escape education’s death valley
I love hearing Ken Robinson talk about education, he is a funny and very inspiring speaker! He is actually Sir Kenneth Robinson and yes he is British but he is very right on in his perception of where we are at in our educational system. Actually where we are not in this country.
In his speech he talks about the three principles of the human mind that are crucial for it to flourish namely individuality, curiosity and creativity and how our system is working against that. Note, the system that our government is now telling teachers and the schools what to do rather than this being a system where the teachers and students are involved in the process of learning. He talks about this system of standardized tests being a mechanistic, industrial process rather than a human system where we still have a huge drop out rate costing many more dollars than if we invested in the students learning and supported the teachers in their professional development.
There is allot to think about in his talks and rightly so. He ends with a small anecdote about Death Valley being call death valley as nothing grows there as there is no rain. Yet in 2004 it had a one time rain fall of 7 inches. Then in the Spring of 2005 there was a carpet of flowers growing on the floor of death valley due to that rain. He spoke of it as the seeds of possibility under the soil waiting for the rain to burst forth. Hopefully those creative rains of possibilities encourage our children to grow and flourish in our educational system if we encourage our teachers and schools!