Bring on the Learning Revolution!

Perhaps some of you are familiar with Sir Ken Robinson’s video from 2006 where he talked, very memorably, about how schools kill creativity. In this, his latest TED talk, he urges us, in his characteristically funny and touching style, to shift from our current standardised learning system to one that is more personalised, creating learning environments where children’s natural talents can flourish.

For those of you who home educate, the ideas Ken Robinson presents may be very familiar and it’s heartening to see such proposals getting a more mainstream airing. But, does he go far enough, do you think, with his revolution?


2 Responses to Bring on the Learning Revolution!

  1. Alistair Owens July 19, 2010 at 9:02 am #

    The effective education of children should be the single measure upon which any government should be measured. Whilst the schooling journey is 10 years the average tenancy of a secretary of state for education is around just 18 months. We have yet to see an effective policy or minister that has run the duration. More to the point we have seen many educational policies and initiatives become abject failures.

    Sir Ken Robinson vision of an educational revolution is the least we need. We may have moved into the digital world but have overlooked the need for equal dynamics in educational matters. The future wealth of the UK, and any other country will lie in global economies. We need to look at children in the eye to make sure we are nurturing their best interests – and our own as they will inherit all we leave behind.

  2. Sally July 21, 2010 at 6:42 pm #

    Alistair – Short termism in politics certainly appears to be a great hindrance to any learning revolution. Perhaps part of the problem is our willingness to abdicate responsibility for educating our children to the state, or any form of centralised, standardised system. In a life sustaining society, I suspect our future wealth lies in local economies, rather than global ones. But maybe the definition of wealth in that context is different to yours?

    I’m wondering – How would we like our children to be living now? What skills for sustainability will they need in order to thrive in a post industrial growth, post peak oil society?

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