COMMENTARY Q&A from Education WeekSir Ken Robinson on Education: Personalize, Don't Standardize
Robinson, who gave the most-watched TED Talk in history (with more than 33 million views), seeks to answer this question in his latest book, Creative Schools (Viking Penguin), in which he shares many examples of schools that break away from the current education model into a more personalized approach to learning.
EW: Since your 2006 TED Talk on how schools kill creativity went viral, it has been seen over 33 million times. Why do you think it has resonated so strongly with viewers? ROBINSON: It clearly resonates deeply with people, and it’s because it rings true. I’ve been at this a long time now, and I think most people in education realize that our kids have great natural talents and interests. For a whole variety of reasons, partly because of the way they’re structured and the pressures that come on to them, schools aren’t able to connect with a lot of those talents. People feel that professionally. They feel that as parents. I get feedback from a lot of students, from families and parents, from business people, and—to me, most encouragingly—from teachers and school principals who feel that, too. I’m not pointing a finger at anyone in particular. I think it’s the system itself that creates the problems. LISTEN or Read more from EDUCATION Week here
My all time education hero, Sir Ken Robinson has been discussing the lack of creativity and that standardized does not fit all students. We were remiss back in 2012 when we did not mention him in our blog Apps to Foster More Creativity in the Classroom! We made up for it by writing about him numerous times since, and in 2014 I had the honor of seeing, hearing and writing about him Live from ASCD 2014. He has been writing and speaking about the sad state of the fact that we are still running our schools under the Industrial Age, and our students have been educated on the standard of routine testing, using the multiple choice test model. With all the opting out going on in 2015 I would think that by knowing some of the administrators and government leaders would have come across his wonderful TED Talks and realized he has it all completely right. When I read this Commentary Q & A from Education Week - Sir Ken Robinson, I wanted to once again give him a shout out as he urges us all to start thinking of the future of our children's children.