If you haven’t heard Sir Ken Robinson speak on Ted Talks, take 15 minutes and you’ll find yourself thinking about our education system and teachers in a whole new way.
Sir Ken is a celebrated British creativity expert with revolutionary ideas about how to improve the educational systems of the world. He’s written several books on creativity and schools and he led an advisory committee on cultural and creative education for the British Government in the late 90’s. His ideas make so much sense, it makes you wonder why our school boards still keep plodding along with an educational system based on conformity.
Our children are not carbon copies of each other – any classroom teacher will tell you that – no matter what grade they teach. Children are naturally different and diverse and their learning experience needs to stimulate their innate curiosity and creativity. The challenge for any teacher is how to take a standard curriculum with generic rubrics, outcomes and expectations and still facilitate organic learning in their classrooms. Our teachers have to stimulate and encourage students to be creative in their thinking, in their work, in their play – it’s not easy when you have to fulfill curriculum requirements and focus on standardized testing methods.
The concepts that Sir Ken discusses in all his talks can influence our educators – we just have to keep asking for change. Kudos to the teachers who go that extra mile and those principals who dare to make changes in his/her school to keep those students engaged and learning. You know who you are!!
Take a few minutes and listen to Sir Ken Robinson talk about creativity and education - https://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_how_to_escape_education_s_death_valley