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)

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: