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How to escape education’s death valley

The American educational system has become a complete mess.  Many schools are underfunded and education is not supported the way that it should be.  The most hilarious part of it all is that we create legislation that gives us the feel good reaction of educational champions, when the truth is that we are destroying more and more of our kids every single day of the week.

Ken Robinson gives a really funny and compelling speech below about the state of the American educational system.  He talks about “No Child Left behind” and how millions of children have been harmed in the process. He also discusses some things that you and your family should understand about the future of American education.

Says Ken:

I moved to America twelve years ago with my wife Terry and our two kids. Actually, truthfully, we moved to Los Angeles, thinking we were moving to America. Anyway, it’s a short plane ride from Los Angeles to America. I got here twelve years ago. When I got here, I was told various things like, “Americans don’t get irony.” Have you come across this idea? It’s not true. I’ve traveled a whole length and breadth of this country. I have found no evidence that Americans don’t get irony.

It’s one of those cultural myths like, “The British are reserved.” I don’t know why people think this. We’ve invaded every country we’ve encountered. It’s not true Americans don’t get irony, but I just want you to know that that’s what people are saying about you behind your back. When you leave living rooms in Europe, people say, thankfully, nobody was ironic in your presence.

I knew that Americans get irony when I came across that legislation “No Child Left Behind,” because whoever thought of that title gets irony, don’t they? Because it’s leaving millions of children behind. Now I can see that’s not a very attractive name for legislation: “Millions of Children Left Behind.” I can see that.

From YouTube:
Sir Ken Robinson outlines 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.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design — plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more.
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