Saturday, September 17, 2016

Sir Kenneth Robinson: How to Escape Education's Death Valley

Image result for TED ED talksHow to Escape Education's Death Valley          
Sir Kenneth Robinson
April 2013
Key Points:
1.       Education in the US is based on conformity rather than the reality of diversity. Sir Kenneth highlights the point that students suffer from “childhood”. He says that children prosper when a curriculum touches and accesses their interest and curiosity. His point that, if you sit a child down and expect them to do 6 hours of office scribing, you get wiggly children is so evident in today's schools. I believe that this is more relevant now than it ever was. With drop-out rates at an all-time high in many areas, we need to be finding ways to excite the interests of students, encouraging them to explore and expand their interests rather than just having them become pencil pushers in classrooms.

  • The Homework Debate

  • Updated on Jul 29, 2013

  • The key points of this article are focused around whether or not students should receive home work to complete at home, and how much should be given.

  • In this day and age of digital "everything", how important is it for a child to be given loads of homework on a daily basis. Does the completion of rote homework act as a reinforcer for school? Does homework go against what we are trying to teach our students about the actuality of understanding?