If you are interested in education, knowledge, schools and more, you will find Sir Ken Robinson’s outlines of 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish – and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational “death valley” we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.
As the saying goes, a teacher can either inspire or demotivate a student, a good teacher makes the student think and question, whereas a bad educator simply makes learning dreadful. However, the teacher is just part of a bigger puzzle, there are other factors too, such as environment, family, classroom, social and more.
At the end of the day, learning is all about opening up our minds, it teaches us to question and explore the impossible. Remember this, every student is different, and each has their own learning ability and speed. Expecting every student to perform the same by comparing them is like expecting the entire class of students to grow up and be a doctor.
Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence. – Robert Frost
When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts. – Dalai Lama
You can’t teach a person anything, you can help him find it within himself. – Galileo Galilei
The secret of education lies in respecting the students. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
School is the path, not the point. – Will Richardson
People whose talents are not exploited become disenchanted and disruptive. – Sir Terrance Conran
Many children struggle in schools… because the way they are being taught is incompatible with the way they learn. – Peter Senge
Excellent instruction is less about what a teacher does and more about what students can do and know as a result of the lesson. – Tony Wagner
Education is the manifestation of perfection already existing in man. – Swami Vivekananda
Do not conﬁne your children to your own learning for they were born in another time. – Hebrew Proverb
Many of our schools are good schools if only this were 1965. – Louise Stoll and Dean Fink
The scandal of education is that every time you teach something, you deprive a child of the pleasure and beneﬁt of discovery. – Seymour Papert
Schools should be places to learn, not to teach. – Don Tapscott
Challenging schools to treat their students as customers with a choice, instead of inmates serving time. – David Warlick
Our current expectations for what our students should learn in school were set ﬁfty years ago to meet the needs of an economy based on manufacturing and agriculture. We now have an economy based on knowledge and technology. – Bill Gates
The most important thing that schools can do is not to use technology in the curriculum more, but to use it more effectively. – John G. Palfrey and Urs Gasser
We want our students to be the students we want to teach. – David Warlick
The illiterate of the 21st century won’t be those who can’t read & write but those who can’t learn unlearn & relearn – Alvin Tofﬂer
Technology is anything invented after you were born, everything else is just stuff. – Alan Kay
If we teach today as we taught yesterday, then we rob our children of tomorrow. – John Dewey
Television didn’t transform education. Neither will the internet. But it will be another tool for teachers to use in their effort to reach students in the classroom. It will also be a means by which students learn outside of the classroom. – John G. Palfrey and Urs Gasser
Teaching is only demonstrating that it is possible. Learning is making it possible for yourself. – Paulo Coelho
A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron. – Horace Mann
By learning you will teach; by teaching you will learn.
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. – Benjamin Franklin
Every student can learn, just not on the same day or in the same way.
If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn. – Ignacio Estrada
Teachers who loves teaching teach children to love learning.
Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching.
The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see. – Alexandra K. Trenfor
The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you. – B.B. King
The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one. – Malcolm Forbes
The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. – Sydney J. Harris
Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know. – Daniel J. Boorstin
I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. – Edith Ann
A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. – Thomas Carruthers
The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then give a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson. – Tom Bodett
If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.
In a 1996 interview with Wired, Jobs explains his position: “I used to think that technology could help education. I’ve probably spearheaded giving away more computer equipment to schools than anybody else on the planet. But I’ve had to come to the inevitable conclusion that the problem is not one that technology can hope to solve. What’s wrong with education cannot be fixed with technology. No amount of technology will make a dent.
It’s a political problem. The problems are sociopolitical. The problems are unions. You plot the growth of the NEA [National Education Association] and the dropping of SAT scores, and they’re inversely proportional. The problems are unions in the schools. The problem is bureaucracy.”