Everyone loves Ken Robinson. Sorry – Sir Ken Robinson. Here’s another clip where he takes on the educational establishment, avec his usual panache and stand-up-comedy prowess:
As with most ‘visionaries,’ especially those who make small fortunes speaking to a popular audience, he makes a lot of sweeping statements, straw-man arguments, and logical sleights-of-hand. Entertaining, certainly hopeful, but frequently illogical. Part of the trouble with educational discussions is that collections of ideas like this reach the level of religious truth and those who look askance at what is sometimes obviously silly (98% of young children are ‘geniuses’ and school ruins them) run the risk of seeming hostile towards children themselves. If you’re suspicious of whimsy, you might be a (harmful) old crank.