March 15, 2017 by John Andrew Williams
Ken Robinson dives into the history of education in Chapter 4 of Out of Our Minds to explain how education got into the current mess it is in. He points to the academic illusion: the idea that the highest form of knowledge is analytic, logical, and scholarly. Logical and objectively-measured subjects, such as math and science, take priority over softer subjects, such as language and history.
Consider the current focus on STEM education. There continues to be a debate about whether the Arts are important enough to add to the illustrious science, technology, engineering, and math lineup.
Robinson makes two arguments in the chapter:
It took approximately 200 years for the advancements of the Enlightenment and Industrial Era to make it into education, and we have those advancements to thank for the way the system is currently designed. The new challenge in education is whether it’s going to take another 200 years to incorporate the advancements of computers and human creativity.
The next phase of education needs coaching concepts to make it to the next level. Coaching is a vehicle for exploring the inner world and nurturing leadership qualities and relationships. Coaching is the latest development in human performance and productivity. Our work is to make sure that it doesn’t take 200 years to become integrated into education.
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