It’s Not Reform we Need, It’s a Revolution

Update: July 12/12:

I will just quote Will Richardson, because I can’t think of a better way to say it!

* We don’t need better assessments; we need different assessments that help us understand students as learners and constructors of their own ongoing education instead of knowers of information and narrow skills.
* We don’t need better teachers; we need different teachers who see their roles as master learners first and content guides or experts second.
* We don’t need better schools; we need different schools that function as communities of inquiry and learning instead of delivery systems for a highly proscribed, traditional curriculum.

… the idea of a fully networked, progressive learning environment would for the vast majority constitute *different* and would require us… to redefine the future.

Sir Ken Robinson on revolutionizing education.

Watch it here on YouTube:

Hear this in the context of “Building a Better Classroom” on NPR TED Radio Hour:

0 thoughts on “It’s Not Reform we Need, It’s a Revolution

  1. Why is it that, after watching any talk by Ken Robinson, one is left with more questions than answers? My mind is swimming with theory, practices, possibilities and problems… I agree that our education system doesn’t cater to students’ unique interests and talents as it should or could. I think the frustration is that many people agree but that no one knows where this educational change is leading. What are we hoping to change, exactly? Where are we going? We have been trained to set a goal and to figure out ways to reach it, but we’re not sure what our goal is in education reform — it’s still quite blurry. Is this the problem with linear thinkers?
    I’m sure that many great minds are focused on exploring our flawed system and are continuously brainstorming alternatives and solutions, but while we travel down the road of possibilities, patience needs to be balanced with an appreciation for the future. The ‘average’ classroom teacher is slowly awakening to new resources and ways to reach out to the world using beautiful technology while reworking teaching techniques that have become outdated. A career that values creativity and discovery is undergoing its own fundamental changes, but with so much change, it’s tempting to hold on to something stable…
    The focus will always be my students. I will embrace change in all its forms as long as I can understand how to adapt in order to suit their needs to help them move forward.

    1. Ah, you have so clearly expressed what so many of us feel on a daily basis.

      While it’s very optimistic to believe we can change the world (or in this case, our education system), realistically we can only do what we do day in and day out, one student at a time. But if we are widely aware of the need for change, and if that awareness helps to change our approach to kids (again, one at a time), then aren’t we moving in the right direction? If we all do this collectively… if we all believe in cultivating student passions… then maybe, just maybe, a revolution is in our midst.

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