Sir Ken Robinson, a children’s advocate for excellent education, spoke to a TED audience saying,
“If you’re not prepared to be wrong you’ll never come up with anything original. By the time they get to be adults, most kids have lost that capacity. They become frightened of being wrong.”
“We are now running national education systems where mistakes are the worst thing you can make. The result is that we are educating people out of their creative capacities.”
“There isn’t an education system on the planet that teaches Dance every day to children the way we teach them Mathematics. Why not?”
“There were no public education systems before the 19th Century. They all came into being to meet the needs of industrialism . . . The consequence is many highly talented, brilliant people think they’re not because the thing they were good at in school wasn’t valued or was actually stigmatized.”
“We know three things about intelligence. One, it’s diverse. We think about the world in all the ways we experience it . . . Secondly, intelligence is dynamic . . . The third thing about intelligence is it’s distinct.”
“We have to rethink the fundamental principles upon which we are educating our children . . . Our task is to educate the “whole” being . . .”
When we change the system of education so that it concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents of all children, we will be able to acknowledge and access the diverse, dynamic, and distinct intelligences of our children.
When we provide every child in America with a child-centered, developmentally appropriate, experiential education that is founded in the Arts and delivered by knowledgeable, dedicated adults who recognize and respect the importance of the cultural diversity within the school community our children will know and understand how important they are in making this world a better place in which to live.
When every child in America feels safe and nurtured by everyone in the school community, every child will grow stronger in the knowledge that America is truly the land of the free, home of the brave.
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