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Changing Education Paradigms
Ken Robinson   Jan 26, 2011   RSA Animate  

This animation was adapted from a talk given at the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award.

Great--enjoyed the animation. I'm a 30 year (yikes!) educator, freelance, and I basically understand education to be as Robinson explicates it. The question is, whither? I can no longer bear to work for almost ANY educational entity since I am a very effective teacher and I refuse to effectively teach "bad stuff".

But since most educational entities are mired in the old paradigm, what can an individual do? I have almost decided to earn my money some other way and just tutor for free those subjects I consider to be valuable to any student--basic tools, more or less, for them to teach themselves anything they want to learn.
IMO it doesn't tell the half of it. Not only school but society as a whole pushes the individual to conform and eventually deadens him/her including far too many parents. Trying to change this mentality is going to be hard (are parents going to accept change? Got to convince them first?).

And if we do manage to change schooling is the paradigm going to be just for employment (or with the wave of automation and robotics that appears to be on the horizon non-employment) in the 21 Century? ,

If we are to change education (as we must) the thrust must be to teaching (reinforcing?-see the kindergarten example) the ability to adapt and develop oneself and to grow for oneself not just for employers or society.
Hasn't this been posted already? I'm pretty sure it has been posted already. In any case, I am pleased to view it again. There has been a bit of hullabaloo lately about this book <i>Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom</i>. I'm sure anyone who frequents this site is familiar enough with the publicity surrounding this book, and the ensuing "debate" about parenting that its publishers have succeeding in convincing people is now taking place.

I have three children. Being a single parent, I am no stranger to compromises when it comes to how much time I would <i>rather</i> spend helping them develop to their full potential. If I have done one thing right, I hope it is to have carefully considered the possible trajectories of this development through the next couple of decades. So it was out of prudence (I tell myself) and not insolence that I chose not to model my expectations on the past, or any particular tradition---apart from the Enlightment, perhaps.

Still, I find it important to consider that this may simply be the narrative I have applied to a shameful career of niggardly parenting. Perhaps it is just easier to succumb to the waves of bleep-bloop technology that is sweeping over this generation than to insist upon hours of intense, rote study. Perhaps it is not enough to instill my children, as best I can, with the values of curiosity, skepticism, and rationality.

For years now, I have assured them that adaptability and facility with the technology that is fast-connecting us to an global brain are the most important skills that they can develop if they really want to flourish in the 21st Century after they have made their journey through primary education and upwards.
Very important topic.
I have a friend who is a Montessori teacher. The method is child-centered, and encourages children to be self-directed and self discovering. It some ways it very much reflects the paradigm discussed.
My friend has had a great deal of success with parents and students in China and Sweden.
What she has found of late is that in the US is that schools are so focused on testing and grades (something quite alien to International Montessori) that it tends to undermine many of the benefits (e.g. self-directed behavior, interior impulse control, curiosity, divergent thinking, etc.)
I am not surprised that other countries excel in education after hearing her stories over the years.
And, like the first person who responded, she is frustrated and questionning a vocation as a teacher.
Such a loss, such a waste of potential.
Wow. I found this animation extremely reassuring. It's reassuring to hear such relevant information about education outside of my own thoughts.
We have to reach, support, nurture, educate parents and this was not even remotely touched on or mentioned. Until we as a species realize that if a child isn't nurtured from the start there won't be a paradigm shift. Parents are in dire need of education about how to raise children. Being able to conceive is not the sole qualification to becoming a good parent. Have you offered your hand to an overwhelmed parent lately? Most likely not.
Parent education doesn't go over well in an America that despises teachers to begin with and now attacks them for everything including the financial crisis. Corporatism has us all at each others' throats. Education is meanwhile deteriorating in myriad ways.

I don't have children and I'm not about to tell others how to parent. But, William, I'm pretty sure you are a good and thoughtful parent--sharing your ideas and life story with your kids and clueing them in to the Enlightenment sound like the best you can possibly do!

From my own life and from a career in education, I know that loving parenting immunizes a child against indoctrination in schools.
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