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Albuquerque Halsey - 2013-07-10

fast-drawing whiteboard video,

memedumpster - 2013-07-10

Aesthetically based hatred of knowledge, however, is five easy easy stars. It really makes watching the video unnecessary.

THA SUGAH RAIN - 2013-07-10

What's the beef with whiteboard format laid over a talky video? If you're sharing a video of some guy talking it is better than nothing.

Meatsack Jones - 2013-07-10

...and comments on the stupid.....GO!

Crab Mentality - 2013-07-10

I don't care for the whiteboard format, but I love the content.

baleen - 2013-07-10

I think I might have submitted a Ken Robinson TED talk here a long ways back.

THA SUGAH RAIN - 2013-07-10

This is okay cocktail party conversation fodder. The divergent thinking bit was something I'll keep in my pocket.

Binro the Heretic - 2013-07-10

RSA Animate videos are like hookers dressed and roleplaying as Catwoman. The hooker is great, but the act & costume make it even more fun.

Many, many, years from now, we'll all be very sorry we didn't listen to Ken Robinson.

aikimoe - 2013-07-10

I posted this because I think everything starts with this.

The arguments over charter schools, tests, unions, etc., are meaningless, until we address the fundamental fact that lots and lots of kids are being forced to experience education based on a 19th century model. This model works for some kids. But until the rest of the kids - the ones for whom this model doesn't work - are given the freedom to choose how and what they want to learn, the educational experiences of millions of kids will continue to be unpleasant and ineffective.

I highly recommend reading the short essay linked to below and most of anything else that Alfie Kohn writes on the subject.

"The field of education bubbles over with controversies. Itís not unusual for intelligent people of good will to disagree passionately about what should happen in schools. But there are certain precepts that arenít debatable, that just about anyone would have to acknowledge are true.

"While many such statements are banal, some are worth noticing because in our school practices and policies we tend to ignore the implications that follow from them.

"Itís both intellectually interesting and practically important to explore such contradictions: If we all agree that a given principle is true, then why in the world do our schools still function as if it werenít?

"Here are 10 examples."


heyitslozeau - 2013-07-11

Shittiest map ever at 4:00, the content is good, but nothing that hasnt been said a thousand times before.

Alfie Kohn is great, as is Rick Wormelli.

WHO WANTS DESSERT - 2013-07-11

Paradigm: the most punchable of buzzwords

Innocent Bystander - 2013-07-11

While I pretty much agree, I'd like to hear something a little more practical i.e. what should actually be done to change them paradigms.

Sanest Man Alive - 2013-07-11

It kinda sounds like he's alluding to setting up something like the Montessori "try a bunch of things, then focus on which one(s) you're good at" schools for education in general, but it's hard to tell (btw, feel free to correct my cursory understanding of the Montessori philosophy, anyone). I dunno; as much as I love when someone can cut to the heart of a large and complicated issue and clearly explain what's wrong and why, I do wish he'd offer an actual proposal or two at the end, or at least link to another vid containing said proposals.

I certainly can't say how to improve the fundamental structuring of education, but I'd like to at least see a return to teaching basic self-reliance in curricula instead of basing everything around statewide Scantron cramming and SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS grants. Something like home economics for the 21st century, covering basic cooking and money management (especially credit, holy god what a labyrinth of ass-stabs).

Innocent Bystander - 2013-07-11

Yeah, exactly. It's really easy to say "man schools nowadays are just factories today, they kill creativity and treat students like robots". I think that observation has been made 30 or so years ago, now it's time to start thinking of some practical solutions to change the situations.

I'm also slightly skeptic about his connection between ADHD and boring school as well as that thing about divergent thinking and education. You could come up with a plethora of other explanations for what caused those things.

aikimoe - 2013-07-11

A practical solution is to reject the current model and allow students, parents, and teachers to create a new model.

Now, that might be as "practical" a solution to failing education as "make more drugs legal" is a "practical" solution to the failed war on drugs. Of course, politicians and bureaucrats will reject the solution out of hand.

But if you want an example of one potential solution, watch this:


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