Thursday, November 22, 2012

Educational Culture and Brain Lead

In his book The Element, Dr. Ken Robinson makes astute observations about current educational culture that aligns well with the concept of individual brain lead. 1. There is a preoccupation with specific types of academic ability such as critical analysis and reasoning, particularly with words and numbers. 2. There is a hierarchy of subjects: math, science, and language skills at the top; humanities in the middle; arts at the bottom. There is even a hierarchy of arts with music and visual arts typically holding higher status than theater and dance (if the arts are even included).  3. There is a growing reliance on a narrow range of standardized tests, with children under intense pressure to perform at higher and higher levels. The consequences of these three? Students are taught a very narrow view of intelligence, capacity, and creativity; learn to overvalue specific types of talents and abilities; and are socialized to disregard types of intelligences that are just as important. This one-size-fits-all approach marginalizes all individuals who do not take naturally to learning as presently provided in the educational system.

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