In a Ted Talk by Sir Ken Robinson, he discusses how there is an “Education Death Trap” in the United States. He believes the problem in the U.S. is its education culture has moved toward a foundation of standardization alone. He emphasizes how there is a place for standardization [helps to relate], but solely using it, does not foster or support the student’s learning. Sir Robinson goes on to discuss how the No Left Behind Child Act, does not distinguish between student’s uniqueness; rather, students who can perform based on a narrow spectrum of achievement within the math and sciences. He goes on to explain how a perceived epidemic of obesity and ADD is merely a cause related to the narrowly focused system that does not align with who students are.
Sir Ken Robinson further discussed how high performing education systems, like those found in Finland, S. Korea, and Shanghai China, have the following four main characteristics:
1. Individualize teaching and student learning.
2. Understand students are unique.
3. Education system is highly esteemed; therefore, there is a high barrier to entry for educators [only room for expertise].
4. Education discretion is on a school by school basis, and removed from the higher “command and control” environment of city, state, and country legislators.
Sir Robinson concludes the education system should not be viewed as mechanistic, because that has shown to overload the system with tons of data, to identify how to operate the most efficient system. He emphasizes, the education system is a human system that can become more efficient by understanding what conditions students thrive in and do not thrive in.
IMT states the most important goal in anyone’s life is to first understand who they are. When a person is aligned in a system that identifies who they are, their stress and worry decrease and productivity increases. Experts and leaders (throughout time) have understood the value of first identifying who people are, and how the use of logic and natural laws are the quickest and surest way to see the patterns in life that provide answers to the most common misunderstandings of people.
What do you think about this Ted Talk, and how can you best it using IMT?