Why redesign schools? Because the education paradigm has changed.

This blog post originally appeared on the Education Innovating blog run by Education Evolving from 2010 to 2011. It has now been merged into our main blog.

Here is a captivating illustration created by the Royal Society of the encouragement of the Arts (RSA) of a TED lecture given by Sir. Ken Robinson, on the present model of education and where it needs to go.

In it he says:

  • The present model was designed for a different age.
  • Operated on an assumption that there are the ‘academics’ and the ‘workers.’ It has caused chaos for individuals—evidenced by spread of medication for ADHD—and does not work for the information economy.
  • Our children are living in the most intensely stimulating period in the history of the earth. They’re being besieged with information from every platform…and we’re penalizing them from being distracted. From what? Boring stuff.
  • A longitudinal study found elementary-aged students went from scoring 98 percent ‘genius’ level on tests for creative thinking…then 50 percent only five more years later. What happened? “They became educated,” Robinson contends.

Check out the video below.


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