Christian Long

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the Learning Revolution!

In TED Talks on May 26, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Extra credit reflection by EMMA L.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the Learning Revolution!

One my favorite talks I was able to write a reflection on was “Sir Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity. In that talk Sir Robinson explained that if a child can not discover their passion or their “element” as Sir Robinson would say than a special talent will be lost and what they do in life will never be who they truly are. He performed this talk in 2006, yet in 2010 Sir Robinson is still talking about how education needs to make a shift from standardized to personalized learning.

By making education personalized, children will be able to excel in subject they are interested in. If schools would personalize education they would create conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish and thrive. Schools should also modernize the curriculum and the actual building subjects are taught. What may have worked thirty years ago will probably not be as effective later because of the technology revolution that is gradually happening.

Who is to say that students should all sit in desks in rows? Studies have shown that students are able to focus better when natural light is used than the florescent lights. The more a school can be like their home, the better chance they are to learn and be focused.

Sir Robinson also describes the idea of linearity. This means that it starts in one place and if one performs the best and if they do all of the steps they can get to the end and be set for the rest of their life. There should not be a set mindset on how education should be run. It should not matter what school you went to from kindergarten to high school or what college you went to. What should matter is what you take away from the schools and how you apply it in your life.

No man has the same interests or talents, why should we all take the same subjects instead of the subjects we enjoy? By reforming education, humans will be able to maximize their abilities and all talents will have the opportunity to flourish.


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