This is a fascinating TED Talk by Ken Robinson about education.
I’ve been dancing around the educational system for years. I’ve worked as a sub and teachers aid, considered advanced degrees, and reviewed alternative approaches like Waldorf and Montessori Schools. Ultimately, I decided to not pursue teaching as a profession because I couldn’t see myself being effective or enjoying teaching in our current systems.
I totally agree with Sir Ken that the most important role of the leaders is to create environments that help students thrive. He discusses the main challenges; a system that is overly systemized, doesn’t value teachers or students diversity. We must create systems that support students and teachers to thrive by honoring teaching as a noble profession, honor diversity, encourage creativity and more. To learn more, watch this wonderful TED Talk called How to escape education’s death valley.
He talks about three pillars of effective teaching.
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