Posted by: Alex Borders | March 22, 2010

Teaching is “not like making motorcars” – TED Sir Ken Robinson


Monday 22nd March

Author and Educator Sir Ken Robinson argues that businesses don’t get the best from people because “we’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers”.   Speaking at last months TED conference (a small non-profit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading) Sir Ken challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/03/17/ted.ken.robinson/index.html

Instead of trying to mass-produce children who are good at taking tests and memorizing things, schools should emphasize personal development, Robinson said. Not all kids are good at the same things, and the education system shouldn’t pretend they should all turn out the same, he said.

What’s this got to do with The Waldorf School of Philadelphia?  Come visit and you’ll discover  how creative problem solving lives and breathes throughout our curriculum; how we teach sustainable smarts vs memorization and teaching to the test; and how our students develop a life long love of learning leading them to their High Schools and Colleges of choice.  It all starts here.  At The Waldorf School of Philadelphia.  What’s more, this isn’t new.  Waldorf Education began in the early 1900’s and has grown to become a word wide movement of over 800 schools.

Visit www.philadelphiawaldorf.org or come to our Open House on Saturday, March 27th at 10.00 am (call school to register) or go to  www.whywaldorfworks.org for more general information about Waldorf Education.

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