An oldie but a goodie – Sir Ken

Although I have not watched this video for a number of years, I still remember the effect that it had on me.  It made sense.  Parts of it eloquently summed up my own thinking about education and where we were heading.  Apart from Sir Ken being a funny man he raised some great points, remembering, of course, that these were made back in 2006.  What is education for?  Why is it still designed to fulfil the requirements of the industrial era?   Who succeeds?

His point about creativity (the process of having original ideas that add value) almost being educated out of children certainly struck a chord. Perhaps, 10 years later, this is changing. Slowly.

Another line that has always stayed with me was about how much we allow children to make mistakes.  To be wrong.  Or to even teach them to be prepared to be wrong.  Resilience – now there is a 21st Century issue.

Reflecting back on this video does serve as a reminder of how slow the pace of (real) change is in education.  I believe that it is changing; it just takes a long time.  A very long time.


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