Friday, July 23, 2010

Bring on the learning revolution!

A fabulous resource to educators is available, and the best part about is free! Visit the website and watch videos about "ideas worth spreading." I chose this particular video by Sir Ken Robinson because I feel Robinson makes a wonderful point about education. When we talk about education we need to forget about the evolution of the school system, but rather we should concentrate on the revolution of the school system...

Sir Ken Robinson is an author and speaker and is well known on the international stage for his presentations on education. Robinson uses several examples from his life to show the importance of education not just going through a few changes and adjustments, but education being completely transformed and revolutionized to address the needs of our ever changing society.

Robinson compares our out dated and broken school system to the fast food industry. Too much of education has become standardized with an emphasis on assembly line principles. We should be "customizing" the education system to fit the needs of particular communities and the needs of our society. Robinson, said a line that was disheartening as an educator, "Education dislocates many people from their natural talents." As educators shouldn't we be tapping into the natural talents of our students? Shouldn't we be encouraging students to follow their talents and their interests? The educational system our students deserve needs to incorporate words of encouragement and pats on the back; not barriers limiting creativity and passion.