Ah it’s Christmas early!
Here’s the latest video from Sir Ken Robinson.
I took away several things from this. He mentions three characteristics of people which have to be addressed in schools. One of them is curiosity, which I have written about a lot. (see these posts)
Another thing he talks about is how responsibility for schools should be returned to the local level. I totally agree with him which is why I don’t see any hope for the sorts of drastic changes to the school system needed to get students to actually learn. When the federal government abolishes the Department of Education, then I will pay attention. You see, people in management feel the need to, well, manage. Every new US President comes up with an education plan which will fix education. Politicians need to be able to tell their constituents that they voted for education. It’s an easy sell because most people believe that education outcomes are a function of money. More money = better outcomes. Of course that is not the case but most people believe that.
The other reason why control won’t be returned to the local level is because the purpose of the public school system isn’t actually to have children learn things. It’s part of government therefore it’s main goal is to survive and grow.
Anyway, it’s a good video and I agree with 90% of it.