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Education the bigger picture

I recently saw a  very thought provoking You tube clip by educationalist ‘Sir Ken Robinson’. It is titled ‘Changing Education Paradigms’ and is well worth listening to. Click here to go to the video.

The video really got me thinking about the current education system and how it actually fails children whilst it is being sold to us as ‘improving’. It seems that everyone wants to reform education to improve it (well! who doesn’t?), but what is really required (according to Sir Ken Robinson) is a complete re-think.

Let me ask you, are you academic or non academic? Well I guess if you’re academic then you must consider yourself as belonging to a group of successful people. Therefore, if you’re not academic, you are less valued and therefore deemed as not as successful. This is so true in todays education system, as schools place so much emphasis on English and Maths that other subjects get ‘left behind’. Sir Ken Robinson is particularly critical of standardised testing and urges us to question why we categorise children the way we do. Talk to teachers and they soon tell you that children are good at different things. I listened to one teacher’s anecdote: One Year 6 child had multiple learning difficulties, who would not be able to score enough on the SATS tests, but this child knew so much about how a car engine worked or could connect hardware in the classroom together quite easily. Clearly children develop learning in different ways and we need to value all learning and skills.

‘Divergent thinking’, helping children to increase their capacity for creativity through collaborative learning is definitely something I will take on board. Thank you Sir Ken Robinson!

 

This is a link from last weeks blog, I found a really engaging whiteboard resource which could be used across both key stages in primary. The resource is called ‘Splat Square 100’ and can be accessed via the following link. This interactive resource could be used in a variety of ways such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, counting on, number bonds etc.