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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Changing Education Paradigms

As humans, we all have immense potential, but most people pass through their entire lives with that potential untapped. Human culture, and school is a fundamental component of how we pass along that culture, is really a set of permissions. Permission to be different, permission to be creative. Our education systems rarely give people permission to be themselves. But if you can't be yourself, it's hard to know yourself, and if you don't know yourself, how can you ever tap into your true potential? -Sir Ken Robinson

Indian education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education -- the best teachers and schools don't exist where they're needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.

Sugata Mitra's new experiments in self-teaching

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

Reforms are required for our industrial scale education systems but what forms shall they take, what will they value and what purpose shall they serve?

In closing the LWF 12 conference Sir Ken Robinson reflects on what has been heard and discussed with previous speakers and offers a call to action for the delegates to look at the future with a new determination based upon the challenges that future generations face and where our education systems will need to nurture the creative innovators upon which our future well-being will be placed.

Sir Ken Robinson - Leading a Learning Revolution

This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award.

RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms

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