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  • SworC

    Although many people have seen and heard this talk, I get the feeling that Ken Robinson is preaching to the choir. Having been a teacher, myself, for around 45 years, I found this talk and his other talks struck a sympathetic chord in my experience. My experience as a behaviour teacher has been most telling. I have taken many "little monsters" who have given their regular teachers considerable grief and engaged them in creative activities such as woodwork or pottery or building bicycles from recycled (pun) parts, and have found them to be anything but "little monsters". In most of the children I have met exhibiting "problem" behaviours I have discovered that the behaviour is not actually the problem, only a symptom of a child being stifled by our increasingly narrow and our increasingly prescriptive curricula. In the mindless push to get children learning more abstract material at an earlier age more children are being left behind than ever before because in their indecent haste to produce children with "advanced" education the framers of curricula, operating in response to political imperatives rather than educational principles, have completely ignored everything we know about the cognitive development of children and the necessary stages they proceed through as a consequence of normal growth and development. I would describe most of the children I worked with, displaying behaviour issues as having been academically abused.

    I suspect the reason that Ken Robinson's talks have so little impact is that modern educational administrators are so bound up in a regime of command and control, sorting and grading that they fail to understand, indeed are incapable of understanding, what people like Robinson are saying even if by some quirk they actually happen to hear or read any of his work.

    Robinson says that most of the efforts of those attempting to "reform" education are moving in completely the wrong direction.

  • Angela Cross

    Personally I think that Sir Ken Robinson popularized and gave a charming face to something that had been increasingly apparent. Krishnamurti and Montessori both spoke in a similar vein towards many schools...Perhaps the LAUSD re-directing arts into the core curriculum is in part due to not just Sir Ken Robinson but the many educators and arts advocates that his voice echoes.