Have you ever felt that there was something like a “disturbance in The Force” in regard to our education system? I do. But, as someone that it is far from being an expert on the subject, I don’t feel confident enough to even consider that my arguments are based on a set of solid criteria.
Anyway, I have always have a feeling that something was wrong. And, once again, I find myself in front of an awesome talk -“Leading@Google”, by Josh Kaufman- learning about the difference between Education and Accreditation. I invite you to take some time to watch it, it worth every minute invested:
Obviously, this is only one part of the picture: at least, the one I am able to see. The following collection of videos address this question from different perspectives and, basically, they all reach to the same conclusion: our education system is broken and needs to be reinvented.
I would like to start this year with a couple of videos. They show, besides the main subjects of both conferences, several important questions:
the key role that data visualization plays when we need to learn how a very long-term process behaves.
the importance of having a right perspective when you have to deal with long-term issues.
Both talks took place at TED and the first one, back in 2006, was presented with this words:
You’ve never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called “developing world.”
The second one, “Hans Rosling on HIV: New facts and stunning data visuals”, was recorded last year, and the synopsis says:
Hans Rosling unveils new data visuals that untangle the complex risk factors of one of the world’s deadliest (and most misunderstood) diseases: HIV. He argues that preventing transmissions — not drug treatments — is the key to ending the epidemic.
I’ve liked the idea of posting videos that I’ve found particularly interesting. So, I’ve decided to do it from time to time. Here is the first one :-D.
This is a talk Sir Ken Robinson performed at TED back in 2006. The web site says this about it:
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
(…) Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.
I wish you enjoy it as much as I did. Have fun! :D