Ken Robinson: Changing Education Paradigms
Today’s educational systems places our children in batches based on their birthday. We then place them in crowded rooms where they are required to listen to a teacher, and then they are required to recall the information. We threaten our children with our vision of a bleak and unemployed future if they don’t ‘buckle down’, ‘get serious about school’, ‘calm down’, and ‘focus’.
While I was “officially” diagnosed with ADD in the late 90’s, I have struggled with issues of attention all my life, but it was not until I began reading, “You Mean I’m Not Lazy Stupid Or Crazy?!: by By Kate Kelly, Peggy Ramundo, that I fully understood my ADD. I have come to believe that part of the problem is how we educate our kids.
In this talk from RSA Animate, Sir Ken Robinson lays out the link between 3 troubling trends: rising drop-out rates, schools’ dwindling stake in the arts, and ADD. While he does not offer solutions to this problem, it is an important that we understand how today’s educational systems are a great deal like yesterday’s manufacturing systems.