Monday, May 24, 2010
Sir Ken Robinson - Learning Revolution
Reform is no longer enough. Renovating a broken and bankrupt factory model will not take us, or our children, where we want to go. Renovation is not innnovation.
If you shrug or roll your eyes to the concepts that are being delivered by Alfie Kohn, Linda Darling Hammond, Deborah Meier, Ted Sizer, Sir Ken Robinson, Monty Neil which I try to share so often on this blog, then you are not listening. (If you don't know who these people are - you're really not listening!)
There may not be time for an evolution - what we need is a revolution. Like it or not, there is some urgency here.
We need to think anew and act anew.
If you are still teaching the way you always have - you're not listening.
If you still use those laminated lesson plans - you're not listening.
If you still place importance in standardized testing - you're not listening.
If you place great emphasis in grading - you're not listening.
If you want to make a difference and be a part of this education revolution, you need to disenthral the tyranny of common sense that has developed around linear standardization and commonality.
You have to stop standing at the front of the classroom and spamming all-calls.
You need to concern yourself less with standardization and more with personalization. Think of learning less as a linear exercise and more like an asymptote.
The culture of public education has been poisoned. The expiration date for our industrial model of education has come and gone. It is time to switch metaphors - it's time for a more organic model.
Personally, I have chosen to make a difference by abolishing grading, and it has made an immeasurable difference. At the risk of sounding dramatic, it has liberated my teaching and their learning. It really has.
Now, what are you doing? Please share.