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We need to think about this

November 8, 2010


Apart from being a beautiful video; this is an important issue – not of passing importance, but fundamental to our future and, especially, the future of children now.
Unless we crack it, we will slowly (or maybe quickly) drown under the tide of dissatisfaction of our children. And, as they become adults…they will lack the ability to change things.

Does that sound over-dramatic? Maybe, but most of us know from our experience (especially if we have children) that the positive outcomes of education are, in fact, coincidental to formal education itself. Timetables are ‘filled up’ with a standardised curriculum, then we find time for pleasure or leisure outside of classroom time.  And these are the things that make the difference to us and our children.

It’s also true for tertiary education where young people drift towards a subject and (sometimes) a career, almost unconsciously – certainly only partially engaged. I have to say that I think narrow specialisation perpetuates this too.

If anyone knows of any practical prescriptions or manifestos to change education, then let’s hear them

You can find out more about Ken Robinson’s ideas on his website

One Comment leave one →
  1. Nick Wilde permalink
    November 8, 2010 1:04 pm

    I was watching my friend’s son doing a project for school. I was envious that I didn’t have this access to online photos, documents, reports and files when I was a student, in fact when I was a Masters student. It must be easier to teach and inspire young people, but sadly I think that too many of our teachers are teachers because they didn’t get the job that they wanted, and so fail to inspire. We have competitions to find Teacher of the Year, so why aren’t more teachers using the techniques of the winners. I see 16 year olds who are more able than most 18 year olds and still have to do 2 years of A Levels. You are right, we do specialise too soon in England, perhaps closing off the door to other subjects. We listen too much to industry. Of course Tesco will have to help their staff with English and Maths if their staff all come from the ‘bottom of the pile’. Our terms are out-dated and don’t help brighter students.
    There are some things to learn from other countries. All teachers in Finland have a Masters degree in Education and so take their job more seriously.
    The Germans teach about 10 subjects at A Level, rather than 3 or 4 specialist A levels.
    We do need to take action now.

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