Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!

Abstract: In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish.

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In this talk, I believe Mr. Robinson is trying to understand why every education system in the world is under reform.   I appreciate that Mr. Robinson observes at an industrial style of teaching may not be working for everyone.   Teachers know that students learn in many different styles.   (visual, audio, touch, movement, etc.)   Do our common teaching standards and methods try to appeal to these learning styles?   He also hints at ways that media and technology can be used to adapt to learners.    I will be considering this idea more as we conduct our game based learning research.    How should games adapt to learners?

Mr. Robinson asserts that college education may not be a goal for everyone.   In my life, I have met various people who are amazingly smart people who did not thrive because of college education.   I have to confess that it’s hard for me to accept that college may not apply to everyone.   In it’s origins, the university was built to help promote person-hood and create well rounded thinkers.   When is teaching person-hood a bad idea?  In the case of my friends who did not attend college, they learned their most profound life lessons on person-hood through a different path.   This is probably Mr. Robinson’s point.

Let’s start a education revolution!  How do we connect our students with their passions?  How do we help our students to thrive in person-hood and creativity?


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