Tread softly

By | May 25, 2010

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As a dad I often think about the education my children will get. My wife is a teacher by trade, and a very good one I might add, so I’m confident our kids will learn much from us at home (they already do). What I am concerned about is what they will and will not learn in the US school system.

I recall Heather telling me all about a book she read some years ago called Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong (affiliate link). The book contained plenty of examples of incorrect or fabricated stories children are taught. The recent revisions made in the Texas education system are troubling too. If it can happen there, it can happen here.

Education needs a revolution

It’s not simply that the US education system is completely wrong, it’s bigger than that, and the problems are not just in the US.

Please watch the following TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! In this video he speaks of a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish.

I recommend you pick up his book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (affiliate link), I’ve just ordered a copy.

What do you think? What can be done to move ahead with the revolution, or are you against it? Why?

 

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  • Rodney

    I'm not sure I understand where you're going with this?

    Are you a product of the US school system? Have you read the book referenced as being read by your wife?

    What is your beef with the US school system specifically? I'm not sure I understand. How is your point different than what your children watch on television, online, or hear in everyday life from peers?

    “the US school system is completely wrong” – I have a hard time with such a declarative statement. It seems the US school system has produced more people that have changed the world than any other system, no?

  • http://www.davemadethat.com Dave Delaney

    Hi Rodney, good to hear from you again.

    Did you watch the video? That's where I'm going with it.
    No, I'm not a product of the US school system. No, I have not read the book
    referenced as being read by my wife, my wife read the book, I trust her
    opinion. :)

    I said:
    *
    It’s not simply that the US education system is completely wrong, it’s
    bigger than that, and the problems are not just in the US.*

    Meaning that our education systems aren't working anymore, *internationally*.

    Did you watch the video? My point is watch the video. Then ask yourself the
    questions I asked at the end of the post.

    If you did watch the video, then I'm sorry you didn't understand my point.
    My point is that I believe Sir Ken Robinson is really on to something (he
    has been for many years actually).

    It's that our education system “dislocates many people from their natural
    talents”.

  • http://weemortgage.com mortgage

    I think the opposite revolution needs a Education (knowledge and experience)

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