Monday, November 1, 2010

Childhood is another country and we should go visit again

Josie Holford, Head of Poughkeepsie Day School posted a wonderful piece about taking kindergarten back to where it belongs - back to the kids. This quote really encapsulates her view and one I think any discerning reader can appreciate: "Childhood is another country: they do things differently there." But why isn't this resonating more loudly with adults? Sir Ken Robinson, expert on creative thought and renown thinker on education states the same thing. Robinson writes that "there is a paradox. Most children think they’re highly creative: most adults think they’re not." What happens to us as we grow up? Around the globe companies and organizations are trying to compete in a world of economic and technological change that is moving faster than ever and they urgently need people who are "creative, innovative and flexible." Are we as schools providing the 21st Century with the kind of problem solvers that it needs?

Read more: Childhood is another country | The Compass Point
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JH said...

Hi Jim:
How gratifying to see my post mentioned on your blog!

And thanks for weaving Ken Robinson into the mix. The evidence has been piling up for years and I find it disheartening that in the face of that mountain the NCLB world of standardization, test obsession and the teacher-proof curriculum seem stronger that ever. And this at a time when technology helps us imagine breakthroughs for learning and makes possible wonderful new roles for teachers.

Thanks so much for the comments.
All the best,
- Josie

Linda said...

thanks for the pointer to the excellent article Jim. Another great quote from this same article is "training is for parrots and poodles; learning is for people." wonderful food for thought!