Wednesday, August 17, 2011

RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms

Comes a time, you get tired of seeing your child as a "learning disabled". For a lucky few, we see our children as quite bright, but lacking the typical attributes that make school easy. "Divergent Learners" have other labels: Learning Disabled, Aspergers, Dyslexic, ADHD, Bipolar...some feel it is not a disability but an attribute, like handedness...a difference.

Sir Ken Robinson is a cool dude that knows really bright kids get placed in little boxes that keep them from growing. Pharmaceuticals, Special Education (and con-commitant "short buses"), Behavioral Modification, every thing but acceptance. These kids, my son, have to fit in the G.D. box...they're no better than anybody else! It's not fair to treat them special. They are just dumb troublemakers.

Except...often, these trouble-makers go on to develop careers that take those very maladaptive behaviors and use them to their own advantage. I'm not going through the list of LD people who now enjoy tremendous success. Nor am I going to cover the poor souls who never find anyone to believe in them, least of all themselves.

This is a magnificent visual accompaniment to the common sense words of Sir Ken Robinson. They "illustrate" his points perfectly! I hope you love it as much as I did.

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