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Friday, June 04, 2010

Bring on the Learning Revolution

Many people would be familiar with Sir Ken Robinson's 2006 TEDTalk, Do schools kill creativity? This is the "follow-up" 4 years later at the 2010 TEDTalk.
Some key points from this TEDTalk are:
  • Education dislocates people from their natural talents.
  • Reforming education systems is of little use because it's trying to improve a broken model.
  • What is required is a revolution that transforms the system into something else.
  • Innovation is fundamental to the required transformation.
  • We need to challenge what we take for granted.
  • The Tyranny of Common Sense works against transformation.
  • The Narrative of Linearity in education (ie. it starts here and finishes here) is an example of what is taken fro granted.
  • "A three-year old isn't half a six-year old!"
  • Education results in conformity through a fast food model.
  • Passion is what excites the spirit and gives energy.
  • Does education feed people's passions?
  • Human flourishing is organic not mechanical.
  • "Tread softly because you tread on my dreams." -W.B. Yeats
  • Everyday, education treads on children and young people's dreams.
The video of the talk is below.

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