On the plane out to San Diego I got the chance to watch Sir Ken Robinson’s great presentation at the TED conference (Technology Entertainment and Design). It’s a pretty powerful call to “radically rethink our view on intelligence” and “rethink the fundamental principles on which we are educating our children” to move toward a much more nurturing educational environment for the arts and for creativity. The money quote is
Creativity, now, is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.
Why? Becuase, as he points out, the kids who start school today will be retiring in the year 2065, and yet we know as little about what the world will look like then as we do five years from now. We can give them all the content we want, but in this age, in won’t make much difference if we don’t teach them how to learn first. And they do that not by spitting back at us what they “know.” They do it by being creative, by trying and failing, by succeeding and reflecting. It echoes Daniel Pink’s book all over.
George Siemens points to an interesting read in a similar vein in “How Failure Breeds Success” and says “learning is not a process of performance, it is a process of becoming.” And if we are lifelong learners, we are always becoming.
A couple of more notches in the school is irrelevant belt.