by Sir Ken Robinson
In CHANGING EDUCATION PARADIGMS, Sir Ken Robinson (famous for his inspirational TED talks on education) challenges us to reconsider the legitimacy of the educational system as we know it. This system, as he points out, was developed in a specific social context (the Industrial Revolution) and with a specific vision of the mind (inspired from the Enlightenment) which had their place in time but have become totally obsolete, especially in light of the future that our children will have to face.
I agree with Robinson’s analysis. In my opinion, the only aptitude that our current educational system measures and promotes is our ability to conform to expectations. Nothing else. No wonder kids are dropping out of schools: they realize what a waste it is. And how sad that the few idealistic teachers, instead of being encouraged to pursue their ideas and develop their visions, end up fighting a system rooted in the past.
Does Robinson have any solutions? That would be beyond the scope of this talk. But for those who are interested, you will certainly find more information and ideas in his other TED talks and his books. You can also check the set I curated last year, “KEN ROBINSON WEEK” (set 9/15 on the blog).