Pythagoras Vs Van Gogh

Posted by Rhys on Feb 7, 2016

Having watched the latest talk given by Sir Ken Robinson on creativity in students. He talks about how students should be more creative and how the structure of education is biased towards certain subjects. I both agree and disagree with Ken on some of his views and opinions on the education system.

He began by talking that students that are starting school are being taught the same thing every year. But he claims that we don’t even know what is going to be happening in five years’ time. I agree with him on how black and white the education system is and how we should try and be more flexible. This is because students are being taught subject knowledge on certain aspects when we cannot even be certain if it is going to be useful to their lives when the actually get into the real world to use it.

Another point that really struck home to me was that he felt that students have a fear of failing. This is because all the way through their educational lives they have been assessed on how many answers they get correct. Rather than how many they got wrong and what they need to improve on. Students are not given enough constructive criticism when they get their results. This would aid the student as it would give them an idea on what they need to work on so as if they go away and work on these areas that is something that should be rewarded. This would therefore allow students to understand that it can sometimes be important to get things wrong as it will help them to improve in the long run.

However, a point that was addressed by Ken Robinson I neither agree nor disagree with him. The point that was raised was how the education system pushes how important maths and sciences are compared to the creative subjects like art and drama. He feels that these subjects should be more on a par as it will allow students creativity to grow. Whereas, I believe with the way the world’s economy and business is conducted knowing how to dance isn’t necessarily going to help students with their careers. In comparison to knowing the major subjects such as maths, English and the sciences.

Overall I agree with Ken on a few of his points but I feel that his views on how we should be pushing creativity in education more is not the best way forward. This is due to how I personally feel that the creative subjects are not as vital for students to be fluent in compared to the major subjects. Overall I feel that the education system isn’t perfect and that it should include more flexibility within its curriculum but I believe the main focus should remain with the three main subjects.

1 Comment

  1. pepsmccrea
    8 February 2016

    Nicely balanced analysis of Sir Ken’s messages. Missing Lockhart’s angle sadly…

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