Is our education system 200+ years behind?

I don’t read much about education – and I started reading the following because I was interested in the style of the video, not the content. But the more Sir Ken Robinson said, the greater my interest grew. Consider:

  • Children’s ‘short’ attention spans should be no surprise given our stimulus-filled world – but medication, and dulling creativity, is not the answer;
  • Working in groups has proven to be the most productive form of organisation, so why are schools not set up this way?;
  • Why do we still organise schools by the ages of children, rather than by their individual strengths, weaknesses or interests?
  • Because, says Robinson, we’re using a model developed during the west’s industrial revolution.

    Watch the video.


    Author: Marty Logan

    I am a husband and father communicating to change the world. I write, edit and podcast, mostly about health and human rights. Canada and Nepal.

    2 thoughts on “Is our education system 200+ years behind?”

    1. so what makes us successfull? think you know – try reading Outliers by Malcom Gladwell. Make you rethink the tools necessary for success and they are not all taught in the classroom. It also speak to some degree the orgaization of school by ages and suggests some modifications…


      1. Thanks Pete. I’ll take your advice and read Outliers – it’s one of those books I’ve often stopped and glanced at but never picked up.


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