Sir Ken Robinson on waking kids up–not anesthetising them–in schools

I want to recommend a wonderful series of videos that are a new form: a whiteboard animation of lectures. Produced by The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA) in London, England, they convey what could be dry, economic lectures in engaging, visual images.

On this one, Sir Ken Robinson explains the problem with losing millenials that schools now face: they are trying to meet important new demands (new roles in a changing global economy; cultural identity transmission in a global world) with old educational technology. “The problem is” he says, that educators are “trying to meet the future by doing what they did in the past; and in the process they’re alienating millions of kids who don’t see any point in going to school.” Like Elliot Eisner, Robinson advocates using the arts to fully engage kids. It works for adults–why wouldn’t it for our children?

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