Sunday, May 04, 2014

Transforming Education - Sir Ken Robinson

"Education is the way in which we invest in our own future and the future of our children..It's education that we depend upon to cultivate the sensibilities, the talents, the abilities, the outlook, the attitudes on which we all depend, both our children, ourselves, it is the way we pass on our traditions, our history, it is the way we engage in the the present and we prepare for the future"
Sir Ken Robinson is an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation. He is also one of the world’s leading speakers with a profound impact on audiences everywhere. The videos of his famous 2006 and 2010 talks to the prestigious TED Conference have been seen by an estimated 200 million people in over 150 countries.
This is another excellent talk that summarizes Sir Ken's vision on education reform and humanity as expressed in his older presentations. This is so enlightening and entertaining at the same time.
"The real shift is in changing metaphors. The industrial metaphor has dominated education since the middle of the 19th century. The industrial metaphor has given us the current system. I believe we need to shift to a different type of metaphor, to an organic metaphor. Culture is an organic term. Schools are not like mechanisms, they are like organisms, they are living breathing communities of people, who have reciprocal hopes dreams and possibilities. I have yet to find a kid that can't be educated. I have yet to find a school that can't be improved if the capacity of innovation is given to the schools, the principals and teachers that do the work."
-- talk given at "A Collaborative Leadership Summit", Atlanta, September 2013

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