Saturday, 11 May 2013

Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley

In this inspiring TED talk, Sir Ken Robinson outlines three principles crucial for the human mind to flourish; diversity, curiosity and creativity He says they are however contradicted by the culture education under which most teachers must labor & students endue.

1. All students are different: give equal weight to other curriculum areas
2. Teaching is a creative system not a delivery system (the point of education is to get people to learn - the role of the teacher is to facilitate learning).
3. Human life is inherently creative: being opposed by the current culture of standardization.

Sir Ken states that great leaders should know that: education is not a mechanical system it is a human system - the culture of a school provides the conditions for learning to happen -  teachers and students need discretion to be creative and innovative in what they do. The real role of leadership at state or school level should not be command and control; it is climate control, creating a climate of possibility for learning.