Thinking differently about education. This TED talk asks a lot of pertinent questions, and details of the experiences of one family doing it differently (at the expense of the parents being called crazy). Below are some excerpts and notes:-
Why is education (as practiced currently across the globe) not synonymous to the practice of living a happy and healthy life?
Hackers are innovators. Its a mindset. They are constantly challenging how things work and thinking about how to make them work better. Taking shortcuts. Being opportunistic.
How he got into writing. Because he liked to write about skiing, not butterflies and rainbows. ... Once you are motivated ...
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
This is the most popular TED video of all time with more than 10 million views. I'm kind of scared to try and summarize this talk because I don't want to mess it up, but I'll give it a try. He makes the case that kids are born creative, and that they are educated out of it. And this happens because of the stigma associated with making mistakes in school and in our workplaces. Moreover, the education system was designed during the industrial age and although the world has changed a lot since then, the subjects that are given most importance are still the ones which are most useful during the industrial age (i.e. no importance to arts). Also, did I say, he's hilarious!