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Just found this as I was folding laundry and watching TED talks (a very good afternoon multi-tasking activity). I know I am a little behind, as this is from two years ago…but I thought I’d share it anyway because it is still relevant.  In this TED talk, Sir Ken Robinson speaks about radically shifting our ideas of education and learning from standardization to personalization (from an industrial model to an agricultural model). He briefly mentions children choosing to be educated at home with their families (16:10). He finishes up with the touching (yes, I shed a tiny tear) idea, with imagery derived from a Yates poem, that every day our children who have nothing else to offer of their very own, spread their dreams under our feet and he leaves us with the admonition to tread softly. Okay, not doing it justice…watch the video.

“Its about passion. Often people are good at things they don’t really care for. Its about passion and what excites our spirit and our energy. And if you’re doing the thing that you love to do, that you’re good at, time takes a different course entirely… If you’re doing something you love an hour feels like five minutes. If you are doing something that doesn’t resonate with your spirit, five minutes feels like an hour. And the reason so many people are opting out of education is because it doesn’t feed their spirit. It doesn’t feed their energy or their passion. So I think we have to change metaphors. We have to go from what is essentially an industrial model of education, a manufacturing model, which is based on linearity and conformity and batching people. We have to move to a model that is based more on principles of agriculture. We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process it’s an organic process. And you cannot predict the outcome of human development. All you can do, is like a farmer, is create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish.”

Watch the video:

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