Category Archives: Articles about education
Many students have been here over the years, making various handcraft projects, and I’m always eager to hear feedback about how the experience has influenced their lives or schooling afterwards. Continue reading
By Graeme Keon
The father’s sentence was abruptly cut off by the boy’s, “Well I don’t care! OK?!!!” shouted in a kind of sulky, “Look what you’ve done to me” tone of voice, then the “BAM!” of the slamming door. Another futile attempt at talking some sense into him was over. The father got a grip on his temper, mulled over some possible disciplinary actions, then finally walked away in a quandary. Coming down heavy on him had never helped in the past – it only seemed to worsen the situation. At least it was quiet – nothing but a few keyboard and mouse clicks from the other side of the door. Continue reading
In one of my favorite on-line videos, Sir Ken Robinson gives a very entertaining talk on education and how it undermines creativity. The case he presents is very much in alignment with the content of the book, Motivation to Learn, especially in regards to a person’s native interests and talents and what miracles can result when these are nurtured in a child. He gives a wonderful example, starting at 15:06 minutes into the video, about Gillian Lynne, whose choreography can be seen in the long-running stage musicals “Cats” and “Phantom of the Opera.” The account of how her talents as a child were recognized and allowed to blossom is a valuable lesson for parents or anybody working with children.
The title of the video is “Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity”. It includes Chinese subtitles.
And another great speech on education was given about 4 years later, in the following video. Continue reading
On page 21 of All About Motivation to Learn, the point is made that the current education system contributes to irresponsibility in children. That if they’re allowed no control over their education, if they are not consulted, their thoughts and opinions overruled or ignored, then they will feel no personal responsibility for the result. Much like this learner driver being “pushed out of the driver’s seat.”
It seems there’s a growing trend to get rid of “the box.” And a good thing it is, too. I’m firmly convinced that the last thing you want in your house is a TV.
As a child in the 60’s, before we got a TV, our living room at night was normally a hive of activity. We weren’t a noisy family, in spite of there being seven kids, but there was a lot going on: cooking experiments, model planes, playing cards or board games, lots of pets to play with and a hundred and one other things. Continue reading