Friday, January 24, 2014

Our failing schools. Enough is enough!

“Why is it that when we had rotary phones, when we were having folks being crippled by polio, that we were teaching the same way then that we're doing right now?”

-- Geoffrey Canada

This talk is not specifically about arts and music. But it is a brilliant, provocative and passionate speech about the urge to say: enough is enough! Sometimes we need to be humble, courageous and visionary enough to realize that the system as is does not work and needs to be changed. Rules can be broken and replaced by better ones. After all “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original” (Sir Ken Robinson)
Of the country's failing public schools in the education system, Geoffrey Canada says, "Enough is enough. So here's a business plan that simply does not make any sense." Geoffrey Canada is an American social activist and educator and has spent decades as head of the Harlem Children’s Zone, which supports kids from birth through college in order to break the cycle of poverty.

-- read about Geoffrey Canada
-- go to the Harlem Children’s Zone website

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