In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish.
I’m sure many would resonate with this statement made by Sir Ken “I meet all kinds of people who don’t enjoy what they do. They simply go through their lives getting on with it. They get no great pleasure from what they do. They endure it rather than enjoy it, and wait for the weekend.”
How many people do you know that go through/endure life this way?
Are you one of them?
If you are, you’re not in the minority, no, unfortunately you are in the majority.
Is this in part because of the education system? Maybe, but I also feel it is a case of how we have been conditioned over many generations.
I also agree that one of the problems is the idea of linearity, the expectations that we all follow the same path; kindergarten, primary school, high school, university or TAFE, long career and then retirement. If we decide we’ve chosen the wrong career, we simply persist because that’s what you do.
Kens reminds us that “life is not linear; it’s organic. We create our lives symbiotically as we explore our talents in relation to the circumstances they help to create for us.”
Our education system doesn’t allow for this though.
Ken finishes with a poem from W. B. Yeats that I believe sums it up.
“He wrote this to his love, Maud Gonne, and he was bewailing the fact that he couldn’t really give her what he thought she wanted from him. And he says, “I’ve got something else, but it may not be for you.”
“Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths, Enwrought with gold and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half-light, I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.” And every day, everywhere, our children spread their dreams beneath our feet. And we should tread softly.”
Maybe it’s time to stop treading on the dreams of our youth, and instead open up our minds and allow them to pursue what they believe is their destiny. We need to give them permission to chase their dreams.
What are your thoughts?