Saturday, November 19, 2011

Video of the Day: Changing Education Paradigms

Hello class,
Lets begin today's lesson with this quote: "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." -Albert Einstein

 Now watch this:
Then reading this here.

My thoughts/rambles:

When it comes to my schooling I've always felt frustrated. I've always felt like I was stupid because I couldn't learn the way I was "supposed" to be. If anyone was actually paying attention when I was younger they probably would have tried to slap an ADHD label on me but they weren't.  Which I'm marginally thankful for fyi.

In my case since no one was paying attention I simple through up some walls and held up shop in my head.  In the video above Sir Ken Robinson explains the difference between a aesthetic  and an anaesthetic experience. With no one around to wake me UP I had a very anaesthetic experience in school.

Sir Robinson also talks about how the current system was made for a different age. When he said this I snorted loudly and through in a nice "NO SHIT" for good measure. I think it's been quite clear for sometime now that the way the educational system is set up isn't right. Now I feel like I should mention here since I'm hating on the system that I'm currently applying to go back to school(I've been out for one semester). Everyday I wake up and ask myself "Why?" I don't think that a formal education = a job in this day and age (actually I know it doesn't) BUT I'm holding on to the hope that:
  1. I'm not going to be waisting my time
  2. That some how, even if I don't get a degree, I'll learn something that can help me survive in this economy.
But enough about me. There are some key points that Sir Robinson said that I wanted to point out:
  1. Great learning happens in groups. Collaboration is the stuff of growth.
  2. Anaesthetic: shutting your senses off; deaden yourself to whats happening.
  3. We are getting our children through education by anaesthetising them.
  4. We should be waking them UP to whats inside of themselves.
Now class....what do you have to say?
A la prochaine!

1 comment:

Bespoke Biddie said...

I love how you inspire me to think Netchem
Now come lets get our study circle on!