Have any of you read anything by, or video of Sir Ken Robinson? I have an app, TED.com, and while browsing the talks happened across one of Sir Kens’ talks. Can I just say, if you have any interest in education or the way government policy affect education, then you will be interested in what Sir Ken has to say. I can’t help but be, what would it be, inspired, utterly convinced, shattered (that he isn’t Minister of education). Although, I suppose the idea that any government would be willing to put someone with such views in a position of power at this stage would be naive.
He makes so much sense, there should be a radical change in the education systems of the world. I have been saying this for some time. Obviously not as clearly or as articulate as Sir Ken does, and to be fair, I have never really thought about what would be the best way, I just felt that the education system was not working.
I think that half the problem with children, at least in the UK is the type of education, how it is presented and how children are not engaged in education. I think the other half of the problem goes far beyond education. I think that ‘nanny state’ governments have created a system of child-raising to a point where children are not taught boundaries anymore. Children can’t be punished, at least not in any way that the child sees it as a punishment. Please, do not get me wrong, corporal punishment needs to be very closely monitored, but, it never did me any harm and they could do with bringing it back! There is no discipline in schools anymore, and with the lack of discipline at home too, no wonder the children of this generation don’t have any respect for anything! (Now I sit back and wait for all the comments and ready to ward of the rotten tomatoes coming my way)
Anyway, watch the video below, it is worth it, no matter which side of his argument you end up on.