Changing Education Paradigms

This is a must watch for any parent–whatever your children’s ages–or for anyone with the remotest connection with education. TED had this to say about Sir Ken Robinson’s “Changing Education Paradigms”:

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

There’s no arguing with the logic. Our education system is mired in the past, it’s destroying children’s creativity, and it needs to change tuit de suite so that we can teach our children how to teach us to fix the mess we’ve made.

To get the best from this video it’s important to use the highest resolution (click the gear icon and select 720p) and then click the full screen option bottom right. Or just click on the Youtube icon and go straight to the source.

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Hekia Parata, you’re a smart woman. Are you listening?

If you feel inspired to do something about your own education, no matter what your age or affluence, check my last post about the inspirational Sebastian Thrun’s Udacity.

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Udacity

This could change the world

It could certainly change your world.

As I’ve said in my notes to my grandchildren, the environmental and economic state of the planet is dire. I’m struggling to find positive stories to balance the bad news. This one ticks the box. I’m getting old and maudlin. 😦 When Sebastian Thrun showed the inspirational message from a young woman whose life was falling apart, I had tears in my eyes.

“Udacity is a totally new kind of learning experience. You learn by solving challenging problems and pursuing udacious projects with world-renowned university instructors (not by watching long, boring lectures). At Udacity, we put you, the student, at the center of the universe.”

And it’s free.

What are you waiting for? Sign up here.

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If you’re concerned–and you should be–about the direction of education generally, or if you have children, or you’re an educationalist youself, please watch Sir Ken Robinson’s brilliant and entertaining video Changing Education Paradigms, right here.

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You can stop starvation

“Sometimes I’d like to ask God why He allows poverty, famine, and injustice in the world when He could do something about it… but I’m afraid God might ask me the same question.” — Anonymous

I’m a big fan of TED.com. I’ve been moved, amused, intrigued, and sometimes inspired by quite a few TED presentations. This one is the most important I’ve seen.

“Josette Sheeran, the head of the UN’s World Food Program, talks about why, in a world with enough food for everyone, people still go hungry, still die of starvation, still use food as a weapon of war. Her vision: “Food is one issue that cannot be solved person by person. We have to stand together.” — TED.com

We know how to fix it, we have the resources, we have the food, we should have the motivation. It would even save us money!

What can you do to promote Josette’s program?

Why wouldn’t you do it?

Saving Valentina

In the self-absorbed, self -indulgent, greedy and dangerous world we’re bombarded with by the media, somethimes we need a reminder that good things happen too.

On Valentine’s Day 2011 Michael Fishbach, with a few family and friends, save the life of a humpback whale. I’m getting maudlin in my old age, it brought a tear to my eye.

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You can stop starvation

“Sometimes I’d like to ask God why He allows poverty, famine, and injustice in the world when He could do something about it… but I’m afraid God might ask me the same question.” — Anonymous

I’m a big fan of TED.com. I’ve been moved, amused, intrigued, and sometimes inspired, by quite a few TED presentations. This one is the most important I’ve seen.

“Josette Sheeran, the head of the UN’s World Food Program, talks about why, in a world with enough food for everyone, people still go hungry, still die of starvation, still use food as a weapon of war. Her vision: “Food is one issue that cannot be solved person by person. We have to stand together.” — TED.com

We know how to fix it, we have the resources, we have the food, we should have the motivation. It would even save us money!

What can you do to promote Josette’s program?

Why wouldn’t you do it?

Tim Harford on hit-and-miss success

Another gem from TED.

Voting for failure and the triumph of serendipity

Tim Harford is the author of “The Undercover Economist”, an outstanding book which explains practical economics without using formulae. Here on TED he tells us why trial and error beats teams of PhDs and why those political candidates’ promises are totally empty.

Tim Harford studies complex systems — and finds a surprising link among the successful ones: they were built through trial and error. In this sparkling talk from TEDGlobal 2011, he asks us to embrace our randomness and start making better mistakes.

Playing for Change: “One Love”

Another favourite from Playing for Change, Songs Around the World:

It all started with vocals and guitar recorded in Santa Monica by a street musician called Roger Ridley. The producers then set off around the world with a laptop and some microphones.

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Playing for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music… ….musicians from all over the world are brought together to perform benefit concerts that build music and art schools in communities that are in need of inspiration and hope.

Like it? Here’s another one, “Stand By Me.”