Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Sir Ken Robinson: Changing Education Paradigms

Perhaps it's time to upgrade our educational system :)

  • The route to education marginalizes what you think are important
  • Why would we want to lower the standard of Education (so that more kids could pass?)
  • Many brilliant people think they are not smart (they don't do well academically)
  • Modern Epidemic: ADHD (being medicated from being distracted from boring staff at school towards Internet, iPhone, 100+ TV channels). We are getting our children through education by anaesthetising them (shut off their senses); we should be waking them up to what is inside of themselves!
  • Education System is modeled after the Industrialism: Ringing bells, Separate facilities, specialize into separate subjects, Educate children by batches (age). Kids have different levels of competency at different subjects, perhaps study better at nights than day, or learn better in smaller groups or individually. We are doing standardization, while we should go the opposite direction.
  • Divergent Thinking: essential capacity to creativity; the ability to see lots of possible answers to a questions. Kindergarden student scored 98% to be genius in Divergent Thinking, and their capability deteriorate as they aged. Why are they not getting better? We educate them, telling there is only 1 answer and it's at the back of the book (and don't look). 
  • We have to think differently of human capacity
  • Great learning happens in group, and collaboration is the stuff of growth.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for making these bullet points. They are really helpful.