Before I get into this post, let’s make one thing really clear… I really like Sir Ken Robinson. I really like listening to his talks. As a speaker and the messages he gives are, on the whole, quite brilliant. But, am I the only person beginning to think what’s the point? Where is being a Ken fan really getting us?
Now, try and hold on to your simmering rage here. Of course we all love Ken and despite the fact that I have moved to the other side of the world, that feeling seems just as strong here. In a conversation the other day with a primary school senior manager, she began telling me how much she loved the RSA Animated – Changing Paradigm and how she had watched it numerous times. This sort of comment has been said to me many times by all manner of educators from student teachers to principals, Education Authority decision makers to educational consultants. Added to this, I see tweet upon retweet of Ken’s latest offering – How to Escape Education’s Death Valley suggested to all who will watch and listen. So, all in all, I am of the mind that considering his “three talks have been viewed an astounding 21.5 million time” (TED blog), Sir Ken Robinson and his message are near enough ubiquitous in the education community.
But what I am getting at here, is how much is actually been done about it? Who can honestly say that their school have or they know a school that has put some or all of Sir Ken’s suggestions into practice?
Or has it all become like some adverts (commercials) on TV, entertaining and visually stunning but seen too many times for them to make an impact?