Thanks to teacher Jordan Kohanim for alerting me to this very entertaining and enlightening video by education innovator Sir Ken Robinson.
Robinson addresses the problems with our production line mentality of educating “children by batches…why is there this assumption that the most important thing children have in common is how old they are…it is like the most important thing about them was their date of manufacture.”
“They have spent 10 years at school and been told there is one answer and it’s in the back and don’t look,” says Robinson.
He criticizes the American embrace of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, noting that diagnoses have risen in tandem with the rise of standardized testing and prescriptions for ADHD drugs increase as you travel east across the United States.
“People start losing interest in Oklahoma,” he says. “They can hardly think straight in Arkansas and, by the time they get to Washington, they’ve lost it completely. It’s a fictitious epidemic.”
“We are getting our children through education by anesthetizing them. And I think we should be doing the complete opposite,” he says “We shouldn’t be putting them to sleep. We should be waking them up to what they have inside of themselves.”
Enjoy the video: