The core of education needs to take into account the people that are in it

Sir Ken Robinson said:

[The standards movement is] well intentioned to raise standards, but the mistake it makes is that it fails to recognize that education is not a mechanical impersonal process that can improved by tweaking standards and regularly testing. . . . It’s a human process. It’s real people going through the system and whether the system takes into account who they are, what engages them, isn’t incidental. It is the core of what education is.

By the time [kids] are educated I want them to come out knowing what they are personally good at and interested in, what their strengths are and where they might like to go after school. I want them to feel confident that they can face the challenges that life will throw at them and they can begin to make their way to become productive members of the community.


One Response to “The core of education needs to take into account the people that are in it”

  1. This made for interesting reading. I’ve always had contextualising learning at the heart of my philosophy of teaching, and I guess that is what is being talked about. However, with too many tangents, interesting distractions and students setting the learning direction comes the danger of losing focus on the core skills – literacy and numeracy in particular. We all love the touchy feely stuff about giving the children a rich curriculum, but it’s damn near impossible in practise because it’s not sustainable. Putting the core material in to a context that the pupils relate to is far easier on workload and in keeping a tighter rein on tracking learning progress. Just my opinion.

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