“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” (Carl Rogers)

Monday, 27 February 2012

Ken Robinson on why education has to change

Thanks so much to Joe at The ApexFlow Blog for suggesting I have a look at Ken Robinson's talks on education - extremely interesting, especially from the person-centred approach. In the first video ("Changing Education Paradigms"), he shows - beautifully and of course creatively with stunning animation, doubly making the point - that the compartmentalised education system that grew from industrialisation is clearly now insufficient to its task...

This next one ("Do Schools Kill Creativity?") is a little bit of a stand-up performance at the Ted Talks, but get past that and you can see the seriousness of the point and get more of an idea of where he's coming from - that we human beings are so much more than the narrow range of 'intelligence' as defined by the outmoded and now inflated academic model...

So, in the last video, Ken Robinson calls for a new conception of human ecology - one in which "we start to reconstitute our conception of the richness of human capacity". I agree. And so did Carl Rogers, which is why he focused so much on education and offered a way forward for us to do something about this deficit in the culture by promoting freedom in the classroom, the freedom that lets natural human creativity have its fullest expression. Thus, as Ken says, we can see our creative capacities for the richness that they are and educate our children's whole being so that they can face their future.

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