Ken Robinson - The Element Speech - the point at which natural talent meets personal passion.

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Sir Ken Robinson returns to the RSA to share new thinking on 'The Element' - the point at which natural talent meets personal passion.




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Ken Robinson - The Element

 Education and Human Possibility:
 “If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original.”
Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
“The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn't need to be reformed -- it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.”
Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
“Creativity is as important as literacy”
― Ken Robinson

“Imagination is the source of every form of human achievement."
"And it's the one thing that I believe we are systematically jeopardizing in the way we educate our children and ourselves.”
― Ken Robinson
“Our task is to educate their (our students) whole being so they can face the future. We may not see the future, but they will and our job is to help them make something of it.”
Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
“I believe our only hope for the future is to adopt a new conception of human ecology, one in which we start to reconstitute our concept of the richness in human capacity.”
― Ken Robinson
“Human resources are like natural resources; they're often buried deep. You have to go looking for them, they're not just lying around on the surface. You have to create the circumstances where they show themselves.”
― Ken Robinson

“We have sold ourselves into a fast food model of education, and it's impoverishing our spirit and our energies as much as fast food is depleting our physical bodies.”
― Ken Robinson

“We have to go from what is essentially an industrial model of education, a manufacturing model, which is based on linearity and conformity and batching people. We have to move to a model that is based more on principles of agriculture. We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process; it's an organic process. And you cannot predict the outcome of human development. All you can do, like a farmer, is create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish.”
― Ken Robinson

“When my son, James, was doing homework for school, he would have five or six windows open on his computer, Instant Messenger was flashing continuously, his cell phone was constantly ringing, and he was downloading music and watching the TV over his shoulder. I don’t know if he was doing any homework, but he was running an empire as far as I could see, so I didn’t really care.”
 Source:Ken Robinson Quotes (Author of The Element)



It Can Happen Here- Colliding Interests

 This article shows how entire generations of young people have been 'discarded' by fiscal mismanagement on the part of politicians...

It Can Happen Here: Europe’s Screwed Generation and America’s - Print View - The Daily Beast

by Joel Kotkin | June 4, 2012 4:45 AM EDT

It Can Happen Here: 

In Spain as in Greece, nearly half of the adults under 25 don’t work.

Call them the screwed generation, the victims of expansive welfare states and the massive structural debt charged by their parents. 

In virtually every developed country, and increasingly in developing ones, they include not only the usual victims, the undereducated and recent immigrants, but also the college-educated.

Nowhere is this clearer than in Spain, Greece, Portugal, and Italy, the focal point of the emerging new economic crisis. 

There’s a growing sense of hopelessness in these places, where debt is turning politics into an ugly choice between austerity, which reduces present opportunities, or renewed emphasis on public spending, which all but guarantees major problems in the bond market, and spending promises that can’t be kept.

Many young Greeks, Italians, Portuguese, and Spaniards already have made their moves, with a half million leaving Spain alone last year. 

Ireland, which in recent decades actually attracted new migrants, is exporting a thousand people a week. 

In recession-wracked Britain, nearly half of the population say they would like to move 
Driving this exodus is a growing perception that this collapse is not cyclical but secular. 

Increasingly, young Europeans are deciding not to start families—the key to future growth—in reaction to the recession. 

This demographic implosion makes sense given the legacy left behind by the boomers, who have held on to generous jobs and benefits but left little opportunity for their children, not to mention a high tax burden on what opportunities they do find. 

College debt is crushing many young people with degrees—particularly those outside the sciences and engineering—that are not easily marketable. 

The spiking number of people in their 30s working as unpaid interns reflects this erosion of opportunity. 

This has happened even as the price tag for college has shot up; 94 percent of students who earn a bachelor’s degree now owe money for their educations, compared to 45 percent two decades ago. 

Forced to take lower wages if they can find work at all and facing still-expensive housing in those markets where many of the jobs are, roughly one in five American adults 25 to 34 now live with their parents—almost double the percentage from 30 years ago. 

Increasingly both Wall Street and green “progressives” urge young people to abandon home ownership for a poorer, more crowded life in expensive, high-density apartment blocks.

In the U.S., everything from government jobs to employment in auto factories and even supermarkets is now on a two-tier track, with older workers’ guaranteed pensions and higher salaries not shared by newer hires.

Pensions represent a bigger generational issue than salaries do. 

The European welfare state lifetime guarantees are so extensive, and unsustainable, that even the ├╝ber-frugal Germans are calling for a special tax on younger workers to fund their parents’ pensions.

This generational transfer will likely be accelerated by an aging electorate. 

In Europe, east Asia, and America alike, the left and the right have both proven unprepared or unwilling to address the fundamental growth crisis facing the next generation. 

The developed world’s youth shouldn’t expect much help from an older generation that has preserved its generous arrangements at the cost of increasingly stark prospects for its own progeny. 

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