If you’ve not watched this graphically recorded talk by Sir Ken Robinson, then you’re in for a treat. In it, he presents a cogent argument for a new paradigm in education with his customary clear reasoning and sharp wit.
Sir Ken Robinson is a British author, speaker and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education and arts bodies. He received his knighthood in 2003 for services to education.
Thank you to Natalie Shell for the ‘heads up’ on this presentation.
I read about this in the Sun Sentinel Newspaper, Florida USA
State Senate President Pro Tem, Rosa Franklin, who is a Democrat from Washington State, understands the power of negative labels. She wants 54 state law designations such as “at risk” and “disadvantaged” to be re framed to a new term, “at hope”.
Here is what she said: “We really put too many negatives on our kids. We need to come up with more positive terms.”
Senator Franklin believes that this could lead to a paradigm shift in State Government and in classrooms.
Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.
The winner was a four-year-old child whose next-door neighbour was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.
Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.
When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbour, the little boy said, “Nothing, I just helped him cry”
By personalizing instruction to match a child’s interests, strengths and learning styles, teachers find that students welcome more challenge and stretch their capacity to learn.
Prescriptive, remedial approaches to achievement are falling short.
Accountability for the truly educated mind in today’s knowledge-driven economy should first and foremost take account of high-end learning skills.
These are the learner-centered skills that grow young minds, promote genuine student engagement, and increase achievement.
Dr. Joseph Renzulli (Director, National Research Center for the Gifted and Talented. University of Connecticut . Co-founder of Renzulli Learning)