May 25, 2010
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?
Photo from Flickr by: Sebastiaan ter Burg