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Why Do You Ask?

From asking questions that require an answer To asking questions that require a conversation.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Sir Ken Robinson is back

Speaking at the Apple Education Leadership Summit. Edutopia.org is the host of the video.

A few of my observations (in no particular order):
  1. Three main ideas -
    1. There is a global REVOLUTION in changing education.  [He defines revolution]
    2. Human Ecology (love this phrase) - Crisis is that creativity is educated out of students - economically cheaper to pay to get it right first rather than clean up the mess - expense for higher ed vs. prisons.
    3. We must do something else - NOT education REformation -- education TRANSformation.
  2. Education is not linear.
  3. Final quote (loosely) - "It's not that we aim too high and fail, we aim too low and succeed" that is our problem.  By "succeeding" under the current system we see no need to change.
  4. Perhaps this is my cynicism sneaking in, but this talk was only slightly different than the TEDtalk from 2006.  The audience at TED got his jokes, were engaged in the discussion, and applauded at the end.  Here, in the presence of educational leaders, there were glazed looks, side conversations, and little laughter (as Robinson tried three times to help them understand the humor in a comment on "only one crisis at a time).
I am particularly interested and taken by the "human ecology" concept he promotes.  I want more of this idea.

//Tip of the hat to Durff through Twitter.

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At 4:00 PM, Anonymous TIm Holt said...

a friend of mine once said that education "celebrates the Yugo," that we are happy when we excel in mediocrity.

Point #3 above is well taken, and reminds me of how we celebrate the Yugo.

El Paso

At 12:57 PM, Blogger Ric Murry said...

Thanks Tim. Sorry to take so long replying.

I love the Yugo quote. Reminds me of the "All of you are unique, just like everyone else."

At 3:33 PM, Anonymous corieferguson (at) comcast.net said...

Do you know anything about his visit to Athens GA on June 6th? I'm posting this late- sorry- I just found out about it today. The talk was on Henry County Schools. As a parent of two Henry County students, I'd love more info- but I can't find out more.

At 3:51 PM, Blogger Ric Murry said...


I didn't know anything about a visit to Athens. If I would have known, I would have tried to be there. If I find out anything, I'll post to my blog.

Thanks for reading.


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