Mar 20, 2011

Sir Ken Robinson on Homeschooling

I recently stumbled upon Sir Ken Robinson's answer to tweets on homeschooling and knew this was something that was quite necessary to impart. (Look! I'm already starting to lapse into Brit-speak.)

Who is Sir Ken Robinson? I confess I didn't know until I was looking for people to follow on Twitter. But apparently I'm the only person in the education world who doesn't.
If you're the other person, here's what "they" are saying about Sir Ken. His mission:

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

And from the media, this urgent appeal:

"Why don't we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it's because we've been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies -- far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity -- are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. "We are educating people out of their creativity," Robinson says. It's a message with deep resonance. Robinson's TEDTalk has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006. The most popular words framing blog posts on his talk? "Everyone should watch this."
                                                                        ---BBC Radio 4

Educating creative thinkers. Indeed. A Charlotte Mason idea if I ever saw one.
As children of a creative God, I argue that we are mandated to develop creative thinking in our children, the kind of thinking that will find ways to enact change in our culture, thus honoring their Creator. With its ability to customize the educational needs of our students, we have a distinct advantage for our children's education and should consider developing creative thinking as a goal of every homeschooling  family.

In this video, Sir Ken speaks elegantly and thoughtfully on homeschooling and what public schools can learn from it. My thanks to SwitchedOnMom at "The More Child".
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