Robinson says, "At the heart of our challenge is to reconstitute our sense of ability and of intelligence."
If we are to change from "fast food" education to a system that is not about conformity, what does that look like on the ground? Robinson is not the first to call for the revolution in education. We know there is a need to get kids outside, to have kids participate in their education. I feel like we are all searching for that major shift that will lead to a better end, but we struggle with the ground-level steps that lead there. If we are to revolutionize education, do we buck the system entirely? We have millions of kids to educate in this country. How do we ensure equity in a system that isn't standardized? It's not that I disagree with his assertion that the system does not allow for people (I love how he called a three-year old a "person") to find their talents, it's just that I have a hard time conceptualizing what it would look like.
I struggle with the idea that "kids know best" sometimes. At a recent Youth Summit called Outdoor Nation in Central Park in New York City, I listened as youth made suggestions for shifting our culture to one that embraces the outdoors, activity, service and environmental consciousness. They made a lot of great broad statements, but struggled when asked what steps would look like in practice in their communities. I thought to myself, "that wouldn't work because..." several times. But, I didn't say that to them. Here's why, it was their summit, not mine. Maybe they will find that creativity to solve the problems and create that cultural shift that is necessary.
Perhaps, it is me that needs to change the most! What do I need to do to avoid thinking, "that wouldn't work" and change to "what can I do to make that happen."
After all those ramblings, maybe my biggest change needs to be my attitude.