Views on Education

Some interesting resources to illustrate different aspects of education.

1. First of all, the classic talk by Ken Robinson, one of the most popular video in TED:

‘Do schools kill creativity?’

Also by Ken Robinson, Changing Education Paradigms

Have a look at the fantastic lesson around this video in Film English, by Kieran Donaghy

2. The perspective of a motivated and motivating teacher in TED: “Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her response: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.”

3. Education and technology:

No computers in the classroom in Silicon Valley

4. Free schools:

5. Some notions on “unschooling”:

6. Hackschooling:

What are your views?

  • What do you think about homeschooling, unschooling, hackschooling?
  • Do you agree with Ken Robinson about how schools kill creativity?
  • Are arts important? Should they be compulsory at school or are they a waste of valuable time for the “important” subjects like maths, language and science?

(Originally published in Cosas que encuentro para clase)

Homeopathy: a danger for patients or a safe alternative?

Homeopathy used to be a respected alternative to main stream medicine, but the latest research seems to have cast doubt of this kind of practice.
How much do you know about the topic?
Read some texts in favour and against and draw your own conclusions.

In favour: This is what advocates for homeopathy want you to know about it:

Against:

Watch the video and take notes of the alternative medicine remedies and other not scientific methods that the “doctors” use trying to save the patient.

 

 

About ‘Organic’ Food

Article: Leave ‘Organic’Out of It by Mark Bittman

To be more effective, food activists should steer clear of buzzwords that only confuse the issues.

“The ever-increasing number of people working to improve the growing, processing, transporting, marketing, distributing and eating of food must think through our messages more thoroughly and get them across more clearly. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but I can say that a couple of buzzwords represent issues that are far more nuanced than we often make them appear. These are “organic” and “G.M.O.’s” (genetically modified organisms).(…)

Continue reading on www.nytimes.com

Reality Shows and Violence

Is reality TV going too far? Watch a video about the develpment of this kind of shows in reference to violence. Take notes about the following aspects:

  1. Has violence always been accepted as appropriate content for TV shows, including reality TV?
  2. What does the phychologist mention the consequence of the content of this kind of programmes might be?
  3. Have the contestants been affected by their violent behaviour in their real life?

What do you think? Should these programmes have some kind of control? Is cencorship justified in this case?

Who Gets the Best Jobs?

Interesting BBC documentary about jobs and class differences in the UK. It presents the British society as a difficult one to move on in life, with the best jobs being largely restricted to  the affluent and privileged.

What do you think? Do you think it is as difficult in Spain to access higher education and good jobs as the documentary claims is the case in the UK?

Is Technology a Threat? Bullying and the Internet

Consider the following questions:

  1. How important is technology in your life?
  2. What’s the most important gadget in your everyday life, the one without which you would feel lost?
  3. How has Internet changed our lives in the last 10 years?
  4. Do you use any social networks? Which one/ones? If you don’t use them, why?
  5. What social networks are popular among young people? Should they be allowed to use them? Why/not?
  6. What are the risks of technology and Internet for children nowadays?

One of the most worrying risks of technology and the Internet for young people is cyberbullying. Bullying at school is not a new phenomenon, but Internet has given the harassment a new dimension.

The following video shows a case of cyberbullying from the perspective of an unlikely victim. Before you watch, consider the following questions:

  1. What kind of person is a bully? Why do you think they do it?
  2. What kind of person is bullied? Is there a pattern common to all the victims of bullying?
  3. What advice would you give to someone who is being bullied?
  4. What advice would you give to someone who is being bullied online?

Watch the video and take notes of how the bullying started and how it escalated.

Discuss:

  • What do you think the boy should have done?
  • What can teachers do in these situations?
  • What should parents do in these cases?

The soundtrack of the video is a beautiful song by Ben Folds. Listen and complete the missing words:

Sir Ken Robinson gives best talk yet at TED Talks Education


“Creativity and education expert Sir Ken Robinson delivered two amazingly popular TED Talks prior to 2013. His first talk http://bit.ly/1fjhkH6 —presented sans multimedia in the true Sir Ken Robinson style — was made in 2006 and is the most viewed TED talk of all time. His follow-up talk given in 2010 http://bit.ly/1f6zZp2 also has been downloaded millions of times. I have seen Sir Ken speak many times and he is always inspiring and engaging, but his latest TED talk, http://bit.ly/IEXH0Q presented at TED Talks Education in April of this year, is my favorite yet. Good presentation is a balance of information, persuasion, and inspiration. Presentations related to leadership must necessarily light a spark and point the way. Sir Ken does not scream or jump up and down but he nonetheless ignites, provokes, and inspires his live audience, and anyone else who cares to listen to his presentation on line, in a meaningful and memorable way. Millions of people have seen his latest talk, but just in case you have not, please set aside about 20 minutes to watch this outstanding, albeit short, talk below.”