Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Education: Two 'visionary' talks




Okay, okay, summer holiday for the most part of schools, I know ! Students are on holiday and teachers are finishing the school year or preparing the new school year.

For some days, I will continue to share with educationalists some resources, ideas or suggestions for the next school year, in August or September depending of the country.

Sometimes, I like to present some good talks about Education: Sir George Martin for Music in school curriculum. Sir Ken Robinson for private schools vs. public schools, Jane McGonigal for games in school or Ali Carr-Chellman for re-engaging students in learning, Professor Noam Chomsky for the future of Education.

Today, I remember two interesting talks of 2013 about teachers and education. Bill Gates and Sir Ken Robinson.

Bill Gates talking about "Teachers need more" on TEDTalks suggests that even great teachers can get better with smart feedback - and lays out a program from his foundation to bring it to every classroom.


Until recently, many teachers only got one word of feedback a year: "satisfactory." And with no feedback, no coaching, there's just no way to improve. 

“The system we have today isn’t fair to them,” he continues. “It’s not fair to students and it’s putting America’s global leadership at risk. So today, I want to talk about how we can help all teachers get the tools for improvement they want and deserve.”

Bill Gates





Sir Ken Robinson outlines on TEDTalks 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish - and how current education culture works against them. 



In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational "death valley" we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.





We all know Sir Ken Robinson! He is an author, educator and creativity expert who advocates for diverse a curriculum, local input into education strategies, and moving successful aspects of "alternative" education programs into the mainstream. 

Sir Ken Robson's latest book, Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life has been published in May 2013 by Viking. 

The Element, introduced readers to a new concept of self-fulfillment through the convergence of natural talents and personal passions. 

Finding Your Element comes at a critical time as concerns about the economy, education and the environment continue to grow. The need to connect to our personal talents and passions has never been greater. 

As Robinson writes in his introduction, "wherever you are, whatever you do, and no matter how old you are, if you’re searching for your Element, this book is for you."

Education:

As an educationalist I think these two talks about different ways of Education are interesting to listen and discuss. Two innovative thinkers of the 21st century. It's up to us to reflect and reach some conclusions.

G-Souto

17.07.2013
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