A man [person] cannot leave a better legacy to the world than a well-educated family.
This is a great quote (as an aside I included the [person] in the quote for my own sanity…). And many things run through my mind with this quote as it’s timely to my MBA class that I taught yesterday about Education and Business, Government and Global Economy. In preparation for class, I selected some great TED Talk videos and one of my favorites is an oldie but goodie from Sir Ken Robinson titled: Do Schools Kill Creativity? While the premise of the class was means or methods for funding public education systems (primarily progressive vs. regressive taxes [sales tax and/or income tax vs. property taxes]), I posed this question to my students before watching the video:
When you think of education for children, what comes to mind as being important?
Not surprisingly, they responded with Math, Science, Technology – and some collaboration and social development was included as well. Here’s what is interesting. I posed the same question after the video and their responses changed slightly to being more well-rounded, making sure Arts not arts, is included and part of the curriculum.
Now, I’m not saying that Math and Science aren’t important – I love those subjects. But what I am saying is children (they are people after all), have different ways of learning. I love the fact that when he talks about the ballet dancer that he says “ADHD wasn’t an available condition when she was a child.” Some people learn in loud places, other in quiet places. Some people learn while sitting still at a desk, others learn by lounging in a comfy chair and others learn while moving around. Our current education system is still reflective of the Industrial Age Revolution society. We are in a different age – whether it be technology, sciences, story telling – we are at a different point in time. But our schools don’t reflect that – and our kids are being shortchanged because of it.
When you think of the ideal education, what does it include? Why?
You may not agree with this post, but please take 15 minutes to watch Sir Ken Robinson’s TED Talk and let me know your thoughts and comments! It’s an important subject and one we should discuss.