Sir Ken Robinson, an expert on creativity, offers a ‘creative view’ of education and its role in development and learning.
I believe that the public education model that we currently use for mass education is based on the industrial approach to production. That is, how would F.E. Taylor design the most cost effective model for mass production? We have succeeded in providing a ‘factory’ which we are now attempting to standardize through ‘quality control’ metrics like standardized tests. After Columbine, Leon Botstein, president of Bard College, wrote an editorial comment for the New York Times stating that the reason we have high schools is because adults really don’t like adolescents very much. We send them to these massive warehouses for ‘storage’ during the day. (“Go there because the people there will know what to do with you.”)
Juxtapose that with the blog post of a Pennsylvania teacher who belabors the obvious . . . teenagers at times can be disrespectful, surly, ungrateful, lazy human beings.
Without addressing the realities of developmental psychology or adolescent angst, the system we engage to process education at the K-12 level may exacerbate the situation. Real growth and learning is best accomplished through intense one-on-one engagement with an adult who closely guides the development of the neophyte. One could argue that learning is actually impeded by current system of education.
Having said all that, Sir Ken Robinson is a creativity expert . . . What else defines education and learning in addition to creativity?