CAP 2010 Highlight

The CAP 2010 conference has concluded.  Several keynotes including Stephanie Pace-Marshall, Chris Spence and Sir Ken Robinson were included in the program.

I really enjoyed seeing Dr. Robinson, outside of a TED talk.  As with other talks, his message of encouraging creativity was dominant.  His easy-going manner and sense of humour really “synched” with those gathered.

He was asked what he thought of the Dufour movement and PLC’s, as he earlier spoke of how we are teaching to mythical standards instead of encouraging creativity.  He responded by saying he did not know much about the PLC movement, but he was not against common standards, as it has a place in certain circumstances.  What he was against was when testing becomes the be all-end all and sole focus of education.  He compared that to NCLB and noted how it’s actually hurting schools and students.  He added that “good schools can teach the standards and encourage creativity.”  “All good schools have common principles of good education, but no one school is alike.”

A quote that stuck with me that reflects my beliefs.  “Education is not linear, its organic.”   No child is the same .  However, education is a system and we continually try to standardize it, which is the wrong approach.  Kids with artistic intelligences especially get lost and disengaged from school.  Getting in touch with the digital age, today’s child, and how they learn are critical for educators.

Instead of discussing and creating “standards” we should have more discussions on how children learn, so they can be more engaged in school.

Lots of things to think about.

I wish politicians would see speakers like him more often!

    • neondion
    • April 26th, 2010

    Sir Ken was interesting, engaging and his message was powerful. Systemically we need to engage our students and support the construction of the knowledge they need to allow their skillsets to blossom!

    • Dave Bircher
    • April 27th, 2010

    I agree with the engagement part. The more students see their skill sets develop they may become more engaged with school overall. Part of engagement involves being part of school culture. Thanks for your input and for stopping by.

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