A student of mine sent me this wonderful, thought-provoking video and I couldn’t help linking it to some of the arguments presented by Sir Ken Robinson in many of his talks and in his recent book, The Element.
In case you don’t know him, Sir Ken Robinson is a creativity expert who has extensively dealt with issues related to education in the last years. He puts forward a key question: why don’t we seem to get the best out of our students? He proposes an answer: our education system is outdated, based on ideas that no longer work and pursuing goals that are not valid in our present world. Our system suppresses creatitivy and stifles diversity. He calls for a radical re-think of our school systems and a re-evaluation of terms such as intelligence, achievement and success.
The following is a great animation of one of his famous talks, Changing Education Paradigms. It’s not ELT-specific but I truly believe it’s worth watching for every educator. I also highly recommend his tweets: @SirKenRobinson.
Do you work with young learners? Do you agree with him?
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