This talk was given at a conference by Sir Ken Robinson. He is extremely enjoyable to listen to, and funny. He is speaking about the need to change how we educate our children. I am sure he means "within our school systems", but that isn't really the focus of his talk.
I will not go into the possibility or non-possibility of our school systems ever being reformed, but trust me when I say this made me think about how I educate my children at home.
Some of my thoughts:
- Why does homemaking get dropped down to last place? Why is that something I have to work so hard to fit in?
- Where have the arts been in our homeschool?
- I must be prayerful about what to focus on....not just follow the models given to me by society.
- Even within the arts, the focus might should follow each child's lead...rather than what I think is important. Again, prayerful.
- I am suddenly reminded of how far behind Sweetheart fell while in public school. I remember the meeting when it was suggested we might want to "test her further" in a few months. I've given those talks--I know what was being suggested.
- I am suddenly amazed by how well she is doing in homeschool. And how much art plays a part of her learning. If she can draw it, she can learn it. They don't allow that in public school so much. Unless it is "art time."
- How many other children could be saved?
- And how perfectly horrifying it is to think of strip mining. I've seen strip mining. Is that really what is happening to our kiddos?
If you do get a chance to watch this, please come back and let me know your thoughts.