Tuesday, October 11, 2011

creating the circumstances

I mentioned the idea of 'flow' in this post the other day. These two thought provoking TED talks relate back to this idea of complete engagement. I think both videos address the question of why 'flow' is valuable and necessary in education. To be so completely engaged in an activity means - a child must feel a sense of interest and curiosity, must go through steps of thinking and problem solving, and in the process may be gaining valuable insights about what their passions and strengths are.

My interest in 'flow' stemmed from interest in developing children's critical thinking skills, but Sir Ken Robinson's talk brought into the equation the idea of the human need to understand our inner talents and passion.
Education, in a way, dislocates very many people from their natural talents. And human resources are like natural resources they're often buried deep. You have to looking for them. They're not just lying around on the surface. You have to create the circumstances for them to show themselves...Human communities depend upon a diversity of talent not a singular conception of ability. 

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