We watched a beautiful video featuring Sir Ken Robinson in block class earlier this week, and I fell in love with everything about it. It was interesting because everything talked about in this video was everything we were covering or had already covered in our methods course (yay us!) It was interesting to see everyone else’s reactions to this idea that the educational system, is in fact, quite broken.
We continue to teach the way that students were being taught centuries ago. This is a problem because it creates alienation; as a country, we are alienated from the rest of the world that is continually growing and adapting. The current educational system was conceived in a different age. So instead of growing with the rest of society, the educational system has simply stalled out. It has become a factory. Sir Ken Robinson explains it so well; schools are divided into separate facilities and students are divided into batches based on grades.
The topic within this video that caught my attention most was the discussion of divergent thinking. In our current system, when our students work together it is considered cheating. Yet, in the real working world, it is called collaboration. Why are we shaming and guilting kids into thinking that working together is harmful? We want our kids to grow and expand their knowledge by thinking differently. They will never learn to think differently if they keep to themselves and never collaborate with their peers.
If you have time, watch the video. It’s incredibly entertaining: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U