Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Risk

And then the day came,
when the risk
to remain tight
in a bud
was more painful
than the risk
it took
to Blossom. 

by Anais Nin

Sir Ken Robinson cites this poem and talks about how revolutions never need ask for permission. He talks about how the children of the old model often cling to it tenaciously and say that its the only way to save ourselves - to reinstate the old model and keep it straight, and that the problem is that we just aren't doing it properly. We just need to do it better than we used to.

Robinson explains that the future always lies within those who see alternatives and move towards them. 

When I talk about abolishing testsandgrades and rethinking homework, standardization and discipline, I am often met by resistance made of people who are desperately clinging to a model of school that is done to children.

The future of education will lie within students, teachers and parents who stand up and refuse their cooperation with schooling that is done to them and demand a far more progressive and democratic model of education that is done by them and with them.

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