Monday, 11 June 2012

Education, a revolution? I'm all ears!!

So i watched a video on ted.com about a guy called Ted Robbinson and for a guy involved in education, he was making a lot of sense, he got my attention, he says the system is wrong, i've been saying that since the moment i could talk!!

mAyBe I wOs wRiGht?

Take a look for yourself.

Ken Robinson



In this video Ken refers to Abraham Lincon, one of America's hero's (me too!) 

Abraham Lincon
 It is not "can any of us imagine better?" but, "can we all do better?" The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise -- with the occasion. 
As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.
The interesting thing about history and i'll quote Alessandro Manzoni
"History may truly be defined as a famous War against Time"
You cannot wage a war if you deny reality. You cannot predict the future if you don't understand your reality. If you don't remember history, there is no reality.

The point i make is that history repeats, any problem the world is facing, your facing, it's happened before, the thing I've been learning is, what did the people in the past do to get themselves past it?

Bob Marley said:
This is the great future, you cant forget your past
With education, according to Ted Robbinson
“We have to go from what is essentially an industrial model of education, a manufacturing model, which is based on linearity and conformity and batching people. We have to move to a model that is based more on principles of agriculture.  
We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process; it's an organic process. And you cannot predict the outcome of human development. All you can do, like a farmer, is create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish.” 
And what have we learnt from the past? 


The industrial revolution is over, so why do we cling to the education model? It's time to move to a model that is suitable for the current world and now that we now know that that the old way of judging peoples IQ doesn't apply in this day and age. It's interesting how he says why isn't dance or the arts as important as maths.


Yeah, why? 
And if i remember correctly the Industrial revolution was driven largely by cotton, which was driven by the slave trade in America.
Slavery  
Slavery is a system under which people are treated as property to be bought and sold, and are forced to work.

It's not that outdated either
Slavery predates written records and has existed in many cultures. The number of slaves today is higher than at any point in history, remaining as high as 12 millionto 27 million. Most are debt slaves, largely in South Asia, who are under debt bondage incurred by lenders, sometimes even for generations. Human trafficking is primarily used for forcing women and children into sex industries.


Now, the slave trade is driven by world wide debt, not that many people see it that way, but i do.


Banking is fraught with fraud

Eureka!! 
Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,  it’ll spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein
But, lets not stop with education, this idea can be applied to 

Why do we service our energy needs on burning coal? It's like buying a TV from the 1950's 


Buy me, you know you want to!




Lincon's term 'Dogma' caught my eye, and i remember Steve Jobs in his famous Stanford address, he said

'Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary'


Who ordered Change?



And i was thinking would a game theory approach to education and life be going a little bit too far, or maybe not?


What ever happened to 'Common sense'? Is it common?




Tupac said we have to change, how right he was?
I got love for my brother, but we can never go nowhereunless we share with each other. We gotta start makin' changes. Learn to see me as a brother 'stead of 2 distant strangers. And that's how it's supposed to be.
Tupac



We gotta make a change...It's time for us as a people to start makin' some changes. Let's change the way we eat, let's change the way we live and let's change the way we treat each other. You see the old way wasn't working so it's on us to dowhat we gotta do, to survive.
The time is now people or, ...is that just the way it is? 

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