Sir Ken Robinson’s books and talks, quite simply, inspire!
His sense of humour and rejection of neo-factory models of education are a beacon of light for those who wish to reform the educational hand children are dealt. His passion for moving towards a ‘personalised curriculum’ is the most important educational idea of our, or any other, time.
These brief and quotable quotes, Why Teaching is Not Like Making Motorcars, give the uninitiated an idea where Sir Ken is coming from and I am sure, if you have not watched his 2006 TED video, you will soon be a convert to his ideas. You may have seen Sir Ken on the 7.30 Report last year.
His latest TED Talk, ‘Bring on the Learning Revolution’ is, as usual, amusing. I particularly enjoyed Sir Ken’s anecdote about ‘the single function device’ and his quote from Lincoln:
“The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.”
‘Disenthrall’. I like that. Listen for his ideas on disenthralling ourselves from ‘linearity’.
Here’s the talk:
BTW I broke my wristwatch playing handball in Year 8 and haven’t had once since… 😉