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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

College Comp - Final discussion of The Element

Below is the most famous TED Talk of all time.  It just so happens to feature Ken Robinson, the author of our book.

For part of the final discussion grade, watch the video (we will also watch it during class) and then make THREE connections between his talk and his key ideas in The Element.

Tip - Make sure you put your three connections in three separate comment boxes that way students can respond to each of them.  Thanks

Then leave TWO responses to the connections of your classmates.  This will be worth a total of 50 points.  I left a connection as an example of what will earn full credit.



  1. Robinson's contention that all kids have tremendous talents and we (as in the education system) squanders kids' abilities is a theme running throughout the book, especially the chapters "Think Differently" and "Making the Grade." Unfortunately, schools value the core subjects of math, science, and language arts above all others. The problem is that not all students excel in those areas. Decades ago, students who didn't have strengths in those areas could find other areas like Home Ec, Shop, Carpentry, and so on to excel in. However, those programs were cut in the name of raising test scores and getting all students college and career ready (which really means just college ready). The problem is that a vast majority of our jobs today don't require a 4 year degree in math, science, or language arts. In fact, many jobs are very technical in nature and require students to be skills in class that no longer exist, such as shop and carpentry. That needs to change in our schools.

  2. Robinson states that today he believes that creativity is as valuable as literacy. I saw someone on Twitter rebuke that by saying, good luck getting a job with that type of thinking. And to some extent that is true. It's tough to get a job without being able to read, BUT Robinson isn't saying teach creativity INSTEAD of reading. He is simply advising us to give it equal status.

    Creativity is so vital. The factory jobs left America decades ago. A vast majority of jobs that are now readily available all entail creativity in some way shape or form.

    So let say that you have a business manufacturing and applying rain gutters to homes (don't laugh. This is a very lucrative field and one where very few people are in. I was willing to give someone at least a thousand dollars to put them on my house after it was resided, yet it was all I could do to find someone to come and do it eventually).

    When they company finally came, what I loved about them was they had a creative solution to the problem with downspouts (the things that run several feet into your yard to carry the rain water away from your house). Their creative solution was to have a hinge at the bottom of the downspout that allows me to lift up the drains. They even come with velcro that allows me to attach them to the downspout so they don't fall down.

    This is a creative feature from the company that I love. This makes them stand out as unique and that is why if anyone ever asks about gutters, I always recommend this company.

    Creativity in any field cannot be emphasized enough.

  3. Robinson makes an interesting note when he talks about Gillian Lynn when she was surrounded by people who were just like her: people who had to move to think.

    Looking back, this illustrates the importance of finding your tribe. Once you have found a tribe, you then get the benefits of tribes, where others inspire you and push you and accept you. This tribe, no doubt, allowed Lynn to delve deeper into her element and to become a better dancer.