This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin...
Sir Ken has always been one of my favorite spokespersons on topics related to educational reform. While I do have "some issues" with his criticism of ADHD medications, I also recognize that the more basic issue behind ADHD may be aggravated by the lingering obsoleting paradigms within which most educational environments continue to be based; even in those making serious attempts to break from those paradigms.
Referencing ADHD as being controversial, even though the controversy raises valid concerns, provides a paradigm that shifts the "blame" to the kid, or the kid's parents, or the kid's pediatrician making is far too easy for educators to dismiss ADHD and its treatments as being external explanations for why schools are failing to reach as many as we'd all like the case to be.
Suggesting that kids are bored in school is probably a bit more difficult to ignore as being a part of the issue that educators might take a bit more responsibility for. However, kids being bored is easy to externalize by blaming the boredom on "kids these days!" or iPods, TV, the internet and all the alternative sources of actual engaged interest available to kids these days.
That being said, if I were to organize the points in this video that I like and the points I have some issues with into two columns, the points worth serious consideration and re-consideration, particularly the points that provide opportunities to revisit my own existing assumptions; the points worthy of revisiting for those truly interested in pushing educational reform forward, and particularly the points worth considering for those less committed to "fixing what IS BROKE" would be the much longer list.
Sir Ken throws down a gauntlet. Who should we wait for to pick it up?