Wisdom Wednesday

Where are our children headed?Ā 

As Sir Ken Robinson, author and renowned speaker about educational reform and the place of creativity in schools and society, puts it:

“How do we educate our children to take their place in the economies of the 21st century?”

His answer, and his explanation of where we need to be headed when thinking about how to prepare our children for the future, delivers an important message to parents, caregivers, teachers, and anyone who has an active role in the education and raising of our children. If you have 11 minutes and 41 seconds to spare (I know! Seriously not always easy!) I highly recommend watching this entertaining and informative RSA Animate. If you haven’t seen an “RSA Animate” movie before…they are pretty cool. Worth it for the drawing feature alone, in my opinion. šŸ™‚ Check it out…and share any thoughts you have after seeing it!

6 thoughts on “Wisdom Wednesday

  1. Kris-Ann and Sarah ~ by all means, NEITHER one of you are contributing to the problem! Kris-Ann, simply by QUESTIONING the public schools and seeking out options you’re a part of the solution (even if that option is public school you’ve made it clear you have standards that must be met or you’ll look elsewhere!). And Sarah, I think by choosing the other options you’re part of a growing community that are simply stated they demand better. Just by making these decisions for your families you are HELPING!

    I believe the only people who are contributing to the problem are the ones who remain uninformed and just follow blindly and don’t even KNOW they are contributing to the problem!

  2. Thanks for posting Sarah. Videos like this frustrate me because I feel so helpless. I totally agree with what he’s saying…but what do we DO about it? Is the only answer to boycott public schools and send our kids to private or home/unschool as Kate mentions? When/how do we get someone who can actually make a difference and do something about it to listen? It’s a fight worth fighting and I’m willing to do so, but can’t help but think that I’m contributing to the problem by sending my child to public school next year.

    1. I hear you. It’s a hard question. I don’t think you’re contributing to it at all- you are vocal and know what’s going on and you don’t just accept things as they are and assume it’s good enough. If anything I’m probably contributing to it by considering options other than public rather than trying to change things. I don’t know what the answer is…I think more of us who think this is important need to get involved- at the local level and beyond. I would much rather send my sons to our local public school- it’s free, there are busses, and the other kids in the neighborhood go there- but sending them elsewhere is easier than trying to change the status quo. I think we need to unite! šŸ™‚ haha…

  3. I loved this (obviously, haha), as it really sums up what I see as the major gaps in thinking that occur when we talk about how to “reform” schools. We seem to keep missing the big picture, the essential question- WHAT are we preparing our children for? Until we figure that out we cannot possibly set goals and figure out what needs to happen for them to get there. We are trying to create a whole generation of people who learn the same way, think the same way, and fit neatly into a mold. When the workforce was predictable and the world was “smaller” in the sense of our business and trade, this was fine, but it’s not the case anymore, and we haven’t responded to this change. If we, as a country, hope to remain a leading nation in global business we have to prepare our children for this. We have to develop their talents and teach them how to be leaders using their own resources, not how to follow the lead of others simply because they have the “normal” talents and learning preferences.

    Anyway, glad you liked it, too. I know it’s long (it’s a serious commitment to spend nearly 12 minutes on a single YouTube video!) but I really think it’s worth it. We all need to start thinking this way for things to shake up and change for the better!! šŸ™‚ Thanks for passing the word along to others! (And I’d LOVE to hear more about how unschooling has been working, what the day looks like, etc. at some point!!) šŸ™‚

  4. OMG!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this video!!!! (And YOU for sharing it!!!) This is EXACTLY, EXACTLY, EXACTLY what I believe and EXACTLY the reason we unschool! People have often thought us strange when they find out we’re not saving for college ~ but I’ve always said (and hubby agrees) that when our children are 18 years old college won’t have the same importance for them as it did for us, because that way of thinking/education is becoming obsolete. (Of course if they WANT to go, they can, but I firmly believe that in less than a decade college will be VERY different and NOT as expensive.)

    I LOVE the part where he talks of “Divergent Learning” because just a couple of weeks ago I had my own revelation while watching my 4 year old play “Minecraft”. As I was watching I noticed he did things very differently than I would and then had an epiphany that he learns SPHERICALLY, in ALL directions (just like the dude in the video said!) and it’s only when well-meaning adults step in and teach them to think LINEARLY that they’re genius gets squashed. (Seriously, it was amazing to see my very own words in this video!)

    Hubby and I talk about this very subject ALL THE TIME and I think it’s SOOOO IMPORTANT!!!

    I’m going to share this!!! THANK YOU!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Tell me, what did you think about it? I’d love to converse about it some more! šŸ˜‰

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