Last night? Well the cuteness prize has to go to the 10-years-old tap dancer.
And for amazing – well here’s one: Nigerian-born Timomattic.
And here’s another: Majestic.
More on talent and what education is really about
I have belatedly taken the time to listen to Sir Ken Robinson, sometimes called a “creativity expert” – a term I bridle at, I’m afraid. But what he has to say about education really is excellent. I can well imagine my late friend and mentor Graham Little cheering form the grave! Then I note that fantastic edblogger Darcy Moore – he works down here in The Gong by the way – is a great fan.
Sir Ken Robinson‘s narrative about education is a powerful reading of the institutions at the heart of our societies. It is ‘a reading’ difficult to dispute.
RSA Animate have made this particular paradigm understandable to all with a brilliantly constructed series of drawings. You can see the whole series of RSA animations here.
Please, if you are a student, parent or teacher, in fact, everyone, watch this 11-minute video.
In June 2009 the 7.30 Report featured ‘Education systems too narrow’: Sir Ken Robinson and Education expert calls for more creativity in schools over two nights – quite a rare thing to do. Why? Because Robinson put his finger on what is so wrong about the path we have travelled in the Rudd/Gillard “education revolution” and before that under Howard as well.
KERRY O’BRIEN: Assuming the core of what you say is true, how much responsibility should the corporate world take for the failures of the education systems that you’re identifying? Are corporations also too narrow in their thinking about encouraging creativity, identifying talents and so on, because often governments will quote business as to why they should be strengthening those basic discipline of maths and science and so on.
KEN ROBINSON: Well I think this is the big irony, you know, that a lot of these restrictions on education are being forced on education by governments acting in what they believe to be the interests of the economy. You know, you say, "Well, why are we doing this?" "Well, because we have to be competitive." Well, if we know anything it’s that the real driver of creativity and innovation is imagination and diversity, and those things are essential to competitiveness. You know, I mean, I live in the States, and the States – America is learning some hard lessons at the moment about the competition coming from the rest of the world, from Asia, from Europe. I’m from England originally, and I was saying this recently at an event in America, that if you had gone to the court of Queen Victoria in the middle of the 19th Century and said, "You know, by the way this empire on which the sun never sets will be over in the early part of the next century, like within 40 years," You’d have been laughed out of the building ’cause it seemed so improbable. You know, the country had the largest navy, military, economic engine, dominant language, colonialism. But it was all done within a generation pretty much. And the same I think is true of all of our countries. There’s a constant rising and falling of merits and of advantage. So nobody has a secure place here. And it’s particularly true in the economy. Some of the world’s biggest corporations have failed in the past few years, and many more will go and some will emerge. A lot of our kids will be working in companies that haven’t been invented yet in industries we haven’t thought of. So, innovation isn’t some soft-edged liberal idea, it’s an essential economic imperative.
KERRY O’BRIEN: And the key to all of that is imagination and you’re saying that our systems. as we know them, our education systems, are at least as much about suppressing imagination as they are about encouraging it.
KEN ROBINSON: Yes, and we could re-engineer that. We could revivify education we did this deliberately. And corporations have a big responsibility here because they need to stand up and start to say politically what I know they say to me all the time, which is we need people who can think differently. And if we get that message – if we get that connection between economic, personal and social development, then we will have the revolution that we’ve been waiting for.
KERRY O’BRIEN: Ken Robinson, we could go on, but that’s where we’ll have to leave it. Thanks very much for talking with us.
The amazing thing about all this is that I can remember being at conferences in the 1970s and 1980s where the same essential and obvious truths were being proclaimed!