I have been engaged in conversation with colleagues for years about what we have perceived as a decline in independent thinking and creativity among our students. So often it appears that students are motivated primarily by the grade and less by the experience. All too often they get boxed in by rubrics and exemplars and cannot think outside of that box. Yet, expected practice dictates that we provide students with rubrics, exemplars, and other resources to ensure their success. While I understand that, philosophically I am opposed to students working to my expectations rather than to their own. I don’t want them performing for me, I want them to intrinsically driven to learn and share their learning with others. Perhaps, that is why I am so attracted to Web 2.0 applications . . .
Anyway, watch the video. It is immensely entertaining and I think it will engender some critical conversations.
What are your reactions to Sir Ken Robinson’s observations?