No, this isn’t some new European approach to school. I’m talking the food processor. This TED talk refers to productivity in the work place but I found his musings applicable to our education system. Especially his reference to the Cuisinart.
The kids walk into school at the sound of a bell (a bell that will regularly interrupt them throughout the day.) The day will alternate between times of frenetic activities and “unproductive” time. There may be short burst of learning here or there but that’s about it. (When was the last time you were able to engage in a project with the clock ticking in the background?) And we say the KIDS have ADHD?
Fried also talks about our need for “The Alone Zone.” But for most American children, their days have structured and hurried out any opportunity for solitude. What’s even more concerning is how one who even pursues solitude can be regarded with suspicion.
How on earth can creativity and inner growth happen in its absence?
Take a few minutes (17.21 to be exact) and consider:
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