Derek Paravicini: unlocking genius

One of the great things about writing a blog is being able to pass on ideas, links and show videos to people who may never had had the chance to know this information in the sea of information that we all swim in (and are maybe drowning in) that is called the “net”.

Yesterday I followed a link from Sir Ken Robinson‘s revised book “Out Of Our Minds” to a piece  from CBS News60 Minutes” by  reporter Lesley Stahl. Sir Ken was concerned to point out the importance of creativity to everyone and he used Derek as an example of how music had allowed a blind child who had severe learning difficulties to communicate and indeed, through music to have a way of entertaining others and linking to them.

He was fortunate, just as Helen Keller was with her teacher, Anne Sullivan Macy, in finding an inspirational teacher in Adam Ockleford who has written a biography of Derek which I have ordered from Amazon called “In The Key Of Genius“.

This was one of the best news reports that I have ever seen. It is moving and makes us think on so many levels… about communication, human potential, the power and need of humanity for music and the arts to express and communicate with each other and of how powerful great teaching can really be.

Thanks to Sir Ken for the initial link and most of all a big thanks to Derek for being himself (a gift to the world) and to his remarkable teacher Adam, for showing me yet again just what inspired me to become a teacher in the first place.

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