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This post and the video are very important. What are we doing in our schools? I wonder? No one is particularly interested in my wondering; at least not those who are in positions of power. Creativity and innovation are the buzzwords of the early 21st Century, but are we more creative or innovative? We have more tools or weapons at our disposal, depending on our viewpoint, but is that the message in the video? I certainly don’t think so, but have been outvoted to date by a plethora of bureaucrats, autocrats, and technocrats who are more concerned with their job than the education of children. What is the next fad and what will it do to quash creativity?

Transition to Balance

Doing what you like is a very important key to success and to your state of balance. Do schools kill creativity? Not only is Sir Ken Robinson talking about serious things: how we educate (and unnecessarily medicate) our children, but he’s also being very funny. Remember that laughter boosts your immune system. Also remember that your approach to your children’s education may greatly affect their lives.

Excerpts from the transcript:

“If you ask people about their education, they pin you to the wall. Because it’s one of those things that goes deep with people, am I right?, like religion, and money, and other things.”

“But now kids with degrees are often heading home to carry on playing video games, because you need an MA where the previous job required a BA, and now you need a PhD for the other. It’s a process of academic inflation. And it indicates…

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About ivonprefontaine

In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.

11 responses »

  1. I think it’s very important to keep saying it.

  2. Glad you are working to encourage progressive learning. I’m with ya. Thanks.

  3. I am sticking with you, Ivon! My seven year old is tight next to me. 😉

    • I believe this is worthy of a grand conversation involving parents, educators, children, and members of our communities. I believe most people are ready for this conversation. It is a matter of getting it started.

  4. In one word, YES!
    Schools do kill creativity and foster bullying too. Big problems! Still not being effectively addressed, no matter how many conferences teachers attend, and how many kids kill themselves.
    There have always been the good teachers, who provide havens though. Thank God for them. But I don’t really see the school systems in the US changing substantially.
    I was the mental health director in a college. I saw how dysfunctional the administration was there and it is worse in middle and high school.
    I think you may try to do something about this!
    Hope so.

    • We are working on it. Part of the problem is it begins with those who choose to wear blinders. Today, I heard two stories about administrators who told parents that there was not a bullying problem, because, and wait for this, the school division involved has a policy against it. We need to be realistic. One of the incidences involved a student threatening to kill another.

  5. Really very glad that you are working on this alarming problem. In the present juncture every one including parents have to realize and take proper initiation.
    You are very well appreciated and Blessed.

  6. That TED video of Sir Ken Robinson for me was one of the most important and inspirational videos I have seen from TED.


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