As our group starts challenging some of the traditionally accepted concepts in our education system such as grade and age based education, it is valuable to consider where the current education system has some of it’s roots. Ken Robinson (2010) is an educational thinker that talks about the challenges of trying to meet the needs of the future by doing what we’ve done in the past.
In one of his talks he states that our education system is modelled on the interest of industrialism and in the image of it. He identifies our subject-based and age-based education system as evidence of this. He challenges his audience with an interesting question, asking why is it our assumption that the most important thing kids have in common is how old they are?
He wraps up with a few paradigm-shifting challenges. I’ll leave you with these thoughts…
- We need to think differently about human capacity, as our current education tends to restrict our creativity and divergent thinking.
- We need to challenge the myth of academic vs. Non-academic, theoretical vs. Vocational.
- Most great learning happens in groups and we need to build this into the DNA of our education.
The illustrated video of his talk was a mind-stretching listen when I first heard it.
Robinson, K. (Oct 2010). RSA Animate – Changing Education Paradigms. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U