Why teaching is not like making motorcars

Yet another short but brilliant video by Sir Ken Robinson. He says it all very succinctly. Those who follow this blog will know that I have already saved two Ken Robinson videos, one from a TED Talk and another, slightly longer from his talk at NYSCATE in 2009.I would strongly recommend that you try and see the longer videos if you have been moved or interested by his words in this short video. I would also try and get hold of his book “The Element” which is one of the best books on education that I have read in a very long time.I loved the analogy he uses of children to plants and the statement he makes about the best teachers being those who provide the environment for growth. Perhaps the more we think of children as plants that need to be nurtured and less as things (like motor cars) to be produced for future use the better we might become in our quest to create an education system that will really allow our children to fulfil their true potential (in whatever field that may happen to be).I was glad that he mentioned the pressures that we put our children under with constant testing and exams.. he is so right…. no education system should create such tension that our children feel ill and sometimes commit suicide… this must be stopped!

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