I know I’m a little late to be reviewing Sir Ken Robinson’s The Element which came out over a year ago, but I’ll make it short and sweet:
This is the link to amazon. Buy it.
Still here? I guess you want a little more than that.
I saw Ken Robinson’s TED Talk (his first one, still waiting for his second to be posted) and loved it. Initially I wasn’t quite sure, what’s this guy going on about dancing? But I watched it again a few weeks later and really got it.
The Element is an expanded version of that talk. The surprising figures, subtle humor, and message that things need to change are all there.
The school system is designed like Burger King. Cranking out kids one after another who are ready for the world. The problem is that more-and-more, they aren’t ready.
The world is changing, education needs to change as well.
Math, Reading, and Science are placed at the top no matter where you go. But why? Why single them out when the majority of the people in the world aren’t going on to work in these fields? Sure almost everybody uses these subjects on a daily basis—often without realizing it—but that doesn’t mean that gym class (or even dance) shouldn’t be taught right along with them.
We use our body’s everyday too.
School is one place that nobody can avoid. At some point or another you went to school, maybe you are still going. It shouldn’t be about being judged. It should be about learning. Why the heck wouldn’t we want to try and make it enjoyable too?
OK, so maybe education is more like Domino’s Pizza. Domino’s did something about it, now it’s education’s turn.