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Ken Robinson: How to escape education’s death valley

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence. In his latest Ted Talk, Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish — and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational “death valley” we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.

Why you should listen to him:

Why don’t we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it’s because we’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies — far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity — are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” Robinson says. It’s a message with deep resonance. Robinson’s first TEDTalk has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006. The most popular words framing blog posts on his talk? “Everyone should watch this.” A visionary cultural leader, Sir Ken led the British government’s 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements. His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is a New York Timesbestseller and has been translated into 21 languages. A 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, was published in 2011. His latest book, Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, will be published by Viking in May 2013.

To access Ken Robinson’s entire Ted Talk playlist, click here.

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Homework – or not?

No homework in Finland...

No homework in Finland…

We can all learn a lot from Finland!!!

I am dead against homework, especially the meaningless “busy work” that teachers most often send home. It’s nothing more than homework for the sake of homework. It’s about time we asked why, and for proof of the benefits of such. I’ve heard that there is no scientific study that proves homework beneficial to elementary/primary school children.

 

What’s your opinion on homework?

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Happy Rabbie Burns Day

Happy Rabbie Burns Day

It’s Rabbie Burns Night in my home and native land – that’s Scotland, for those of you who don’t know.

It’s the day we, as a nation, celebrate poet Robert Burns, our national bard. It also happens to be his birthday! Coincidence?? I think not.

Here’s one of Burns’ most famous poems, to whet your appetite for more…

My love is like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June :
My love is like the melody
That’s sweetly played in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in love am I :
And I will love thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry.

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun :
And I will love thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only love,
And fare thee weel a while !
And I will come again, my love,
Thou’ it were ten thousand mile.

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