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In an age when our educational system is in disarray, Sir Ken Robinson, a world-renowned education and creativity expert, is the shining light at the end of the tunnel — if we did but listen. Or, rather, if those like the UK’s Education Secretary, Michael Gove, and his ilk stopped their dangerous, interfering nonsense and listened to Sir Ken’s wise analysis and started working towards the ways in which education could truly benefit every single human being, no matter what their supposed talents or supposed lack thereof.

Education has never been perfect. When I was at school in the ’60s and ’70s, it was fairly mundane and never really brought out the best in any of us but it was a great deal better than it is now, from the sound of things, and we were able to go out into the world with some basic skills, if not much else.

The following video is a beautifully animated version of a talk given by Sir Ken for the RSA that shows exactly how the system, from the beginning, was bound to fail the majority of people passing through it, and how a completely different approach is the only way to stop the rot.

With thanks to Rethinking Life for alerting me to the talk and the accompanying video.

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Sarah

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“Study the past if you would define the future.” Confucius

I must be mad — don’t all shout at once! It’s not as if I have nothing to do but I couldn’t resist starting another blog.  The subject is History, one of my passions. It was the urging of TV producer-turned-writer, A L Berridge, that tipped me over the edge!

Knowing our history, personal and public, is vital if we are to come anywhere near improving our future. The past is littered with mistakes made by everyone. If we don’t learn from history, we cannot safeguard and improve our future.  It seems the human race is more able to realise this on a personal level than a public one. Or perhaps it’s simply that if a person’s trajectory leads to public office, the trappings turn them into selfish individuals, the I’m-alright-Jack, I-can-avoid-the-same-mistakes-without-checking-my-history types. I’m generalising but I’m sure you get my drift.

And then, of course, there’s the UK Education Secretary, Michael Gove, who seems intent on turning the learning of History into a glorious-battle-over-the-underdogs by rote. That path leads us nowhere.

Although I will be writing the odd article for First Night History, it will consist primarily of re-blogs and, I hope, an occasional commissioned post.

Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.” Winston Churchill

“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.” Aldous Huxley

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” George Orwell

“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” Winston Churchill

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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