Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Sir Ken Robinson - Finding your passion changes everything

Sir Ken Robinson believes that most adults have no idea of their true talents. He believes that people should be doing what they truly love, "in their element". Most people's job is not their passion however. He feels that the education system is partly to blame for this. Academic subjects are emphasized over the arts. Robinson wonders why our children are taught math every day and not taught dancing or painting in the same manner. He says that creativity is just as important as literacy and if you're not prepared to be wrong than you will never come up with anything original.

I agree with a lot of what Sir Robinson says. A large portion of my professional blog deals with bringing out the creativity of my students. I feel it is a trait that needs to be nourished and encouraged as much as possible. Unfortunately, it is not emphasized in the classroom as it should be. I think that teachers should assign projects and lessons that emphasize active learning with their students taking a large role in their learning process. I do not know if I would teach every student dancing every day like Sir Robinson proposes. Instead I would make that option available for the children that would be interested. I feel that each child is unique and schools emphasize a singular path towards college too much. More care should be taken to prepare children for different career paths.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, I am so glad I finally located other ‘fans’ of Sir Ken Robinson and his ideas. I used to be a machine operator in the engineering industry the in north of England. That was 25 years ago. Since that time, I have been to university, got two degrees to help me teach my language, and have taught English in 7 different countries. I have two books published, had a plethora of other stuff published, and a ton of writing unpublished or on blogs. At school, my ability to write was encouraged, but of course, coming from a working class family, i had to get an apprenticeship – writing had to wait. Think how fortunate I am to find myself ‘in the zone’, doing what I love – writing.

    Sir Ken is absolutely right about education – we need to throw out the Gradgrind model and infuse our youngsters with our own enthusiasm.
    Many, many thanks
    Rob Fielding