I’ve seen snippets of this Ken Robinson video for some time now, but I had never watched the full video until last night when my wife mentioned a recent article on CNN about how schools are currently structured to mass-produce children to take tests and memorize facts in a similar way to mass-producing cars. Sir Ken Robinson argues that we need to restructure schools completely to focus on individual development, and I watched with great relish this 19 minute video of his 2006 TED Talk.
My wife and I then proceeded to stay up way past our bedtime discussing Sir Robinson’s thoughts, the implications of focusing on children instead of standards, how both the previous and current administration in the U.S. is out to completely destroy any sense of individuality and creativity in the schools, and recommitting ourselves to raising our children in a way that encourages them to make mistakes, take risks, but ultimately pursue something that utilizes their gifts.
So do yourself a favor this Sunday afternoon, give the video a watch and pull the nearest person closest to you over so you can discuss it afterward. Check out Sir Robinson’s site here.