As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew

View the following TedTalk by “Sir Ken Robinson – Bring on the Revolution” and post your reactions.

My first reaction to Robinson’s TedTalk — what a funny guy! He is a speaker that is able to speak with passion without appearing zealous or with negative acquisition. I think his main point about needing a revolution has been talked about in many of our previous discussion posts, the need for reform in the classroom towards a more customizable curriculum for individual students. His analogy that we’re stuck on a manufacturing structure in our school systems, when we should be using an agricultural model is a wonderful comparison. We’ve got an assembly line and we’re cranking out students but we’re seeing more and more students being taken off the line due to quality control. Students should be treated like a farmer treats his crops. He figures out what makes his field’s flourish. He adjusts his quantity of water based on the plant: lettuce requires a lot more water than kale. He doesn’t equally give the vegetables equal amounts. If this approach were applied to our education system, we have a better chance of cultivating students who enter the workforce with passion about their future.

I was curious about the quote from Lincoln:

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.”

This quote was part of an annual message to Congress, delivered December 1, 1862 one month before signing the Emancipation Proclamation.


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