After some of the brief tutorial sessions I had today, I remembered a book which I have recently read and which I believe is quite a good read for people who are interested in making a change. This book is called ‘Out of our minds’ and the author is Sir Ken Robinson. For those of you who have never had the opportunity to listen to Sir Ken Robinson, I recommend that you stop for a bit, and listen to his talk. It is just 17 mins of your life but they’re minutes well worth investing in.
I especially like one of his comments in this video… he says: I meet all kinds of people who don’t enjoy what they do. They simply go through their lives getting on with it. They get no great pleasure from what they do. They endure it rather than enjoy it and… wait for the weekend.
The book discusses this recurring theme. It also discusses the revolution that is needed in learning and in Education. As I mentioned during class, we are past the era, when as teachers we can just produce a handout, a textbook, walk in with the airs of a person who knows it all – because none of us really knows it all – and expect to be applauded in class. We need to work hard to make things work inside a classroom.
I mean this is not really Education per se, but I find it relates to many of the things we do – when I say we, I mean we as students, and we as Educators or teachers. We somehow have lost our craving for all that is playful and fun. We endure lectures, we endure assignments, we endure work, we endure teaching and finally we even mark on our calendars the next vacation day. Maybe I am slightly cynical at this point, maybe I am generalising, and maybe there are those out there who take great pride and pleasure in what they do. I would like to hear some comments on this matter, maybe links to sites and blogs that prove this generalisation wrong, or maybe some solutions (if any really exist) to this impending challenge.