This RSA 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 Benj...
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Sir Ken Robinson is trying to figure out how we balance the need to reach children and keep them engaged in education while still giving them the tools they need for the modern age and keeping a sense of cultural identity in an increasingly modern globalization.
He argues that the purpose of public education in the past were about economics over intellectualism. He believes that ADHD is not an epidemic, but rather an adaptation of kids living in an increasingly stimulating world are simply bored in the standardized testing academic world that they are attempting to obtain education in. Education is based on the needs of industrialization and the system is modeled on industrialization. He wants to see less conformity and standardization.
He sites a study on divergent thinking that shows that as traditional education is applied to children they lose the ability to be divergent and become more compliant. He believes that collaboration should be encouraged and that we have to change the way we educate our children in order to allow them to keep their creative genius alive.
Unfortunately, while Robinson makes a good argument, he really is not offering any solutions on how to reset our thinking about education to encourage divergent thinking and keep children's attention and focus.