I've been listening to the Today programme talking about the idea for making schools into academies so I thought I'd share this TED talk with you.
Maybe you saw a talk given a while ago by Ken Robinson (this is the follow up), or have read his book "The Element". He discusses the need to revolutionise education which, he says, is more appropriate for a linear industrial age; life is not linear but organic. We have to move to a model which is based more on the principles of agriculture – human flourishing is an organic process and not a manufacturing process. Like a farmer, all you can do is create the conditions under which people can flourish
He says we have become enthralled by ideas which meet yesterday's needs.
He reminds us that most teenagers don't wear a wrist watch because we live in a digital world where the time is always available – yet older people often take wearing a watch for granted.
At the heart of his ideas is the connecting of talent, passion and opportunity.