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Dismay Grows in Zimbabwe as Underdog Party Tastes Good Life

Dismay Grows in Zimbabwe as Underdog Party Tastes Good Life | The reasons we live |
As long-awaited elections approach, faith is slipping in Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change, which now governs alongside President Robert Mugabe.
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Are these good intentios going wrong.

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Sir Ken Robinson On Discovering Your Passions | NPR OnPoint

Sir Ken Robinson On Discovering Your Passions | NPR OnPoint | The reasons we live |

Interview with Tom Ashbrook


How education is jeopardizing creativity:


"I’m not blaming teachers for it. I’m not blaming school principals for it. I’ve worked in education my whole life and I work a lot with teachers in schools and I know they’re as concerned about this as I am and everbody else is. I think it’s to do with this culture of standardization. There is a view that the way we improve education is to make it more and more standardized. Many people in schools — particularly in this country, I’d say — are laboring under this sort of dead culture of continuous testing. And one of the results of it has been to reduce the curriculum, to narrow it. So a lot of the things that people, who may be be in their 40s or 50s, will remember from school — things like band and orchestra, putting on plays, lots of interesting after school activities — a lot of those things are being pushed out by this culture of standardized testing. It’s all done with an honorable purpose, I think — the intention is to raise standards, but the irony is it’s really not doing it. And more and more kids are pulling out of school. There’s more and more teachers, I feel, demoralized by it. And I know parents are very concerned about it too."


“While Shanghai is trying to be like America, America is trying to be more like China.” 

Via Jim Lerman, Dennis T OConnor
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A different way of viewing education. 


I believe there is also a belief that once you are an adult, you stop exploring your passion and creativity. The belief demands from you that you know everything, what you want, if you dont you belong to the out-group. Exactly this out-group consist of the people who are crative and know their passion. This are the people who are eager to explore life, which is somehow theonly reason we live.


The world is too interesting to to limit your self to a few thing you really what. Be diverse! Find it through crativity, failure and further exploration.


There is no such thing as a failure, it is just how you handle the situation. Regret or no regret.

Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, June 25, 2013 3:21 PM

The primary focus of education should be helping children to reach their full potential. That can't be done through standardization, because kids don't come in standard packages; it can only happen when we recognize that we need to meet each child's needs.


Standards have their place, but only with respect to the quality of what we offer to children and in ensuring that every child is offered the best possible education. Standards that restrict children's opportunities and growth need to be eliminated and replaced with an approach that enriches the educational environment for everyone.

Sally McKittrick's curator insight, June 27, 2013 8:01 AM

Ken has helped me find my element, I only hope my children will benefit from his education revoulution 

Ken Morrison's curator insight, June 27, 2013 7:52 PM

"If we design a life, you can redesign it"  Here is another inspiring conversation with Sir Ken Robinson

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Madhuku spits venom on western donors

Madhuku spits venom on western donors | The reasons we live |
The sunday mail, Zimbabwe
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The Western Countries vs, Developing countries.

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