|Connections is a ten-episode documentary television series created, written and |
presented by science historian James Burke that broke the mold of teaching.
How the Education Industry fails to teach children
In school we heard "In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue" and other such nonsense of learning silly names and dates.
Then in the 1970s and 1980s I was shocked to the core by two BBC series by Science Historian James Burke: Connections and later the great The Day the Universe Changed.
The genius of Burke was showing that events in history do not happen in isolation. That the world then and now is a complex web of Connections and inter-connections.
Burke tracks through 12,000 years of history for the clues that lead us to eight great life changing inventions-the atom bomb, telecommunications, the computer, the production line, jet aircraft, plastics, rocketry and television. Burke postulates that such changes occur in response to factors he calls triggers, some of them seemingly unrelated. These have their own triggering effects, causing change in totally unrelated fields as well. (Connections DVD)
Burke opened my mind to the way the world really works.
Now I have run across Sir Ken Robinson who also has radical ideas on education . . . or I might say, the way we mis-educated the young people in school.
VIDEO - The Failure of Education
This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award.
Sir Ken Robinson, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation. He is also one of the world’s leading speakers with a profound impact on audiences everywhere. The videos of his famous 2006 and 2010 talks to the prestigious TED Conference have been seen by an estimated 200 million people in over 150 countries.
He works with governments in Europe, Asia and the USA, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations. (Sir Ken Robinson)