Illustration by Deanna Halsall for an article, "The Educator" on Robinson by in Google's Think Quarterly.
The Lyric Theatre is showing its second TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson, "Bring on the learning revolution!" The panel will consist of Tech faculty:
- Peter Doolittle Director for the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research
- Mitzi Vernon Professor, School of Architecture and Design
- Alan Weinstein Assistant Professor, Department of Music
Robinson argues that education needs a transformation beyond the "tyranny of common sense." We are following a fast food model of conformity. We need to move beyond this industrial model to an agricultural one because life itself is organic.
He finished by quoting from W. B. Yeats ("Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven" from The Wind Among the Reeds (1899).
Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,Then concludes,
Enwrought with gold and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
And every day, everywhere, our children spread their dreams beneath our feet. And we should tread softly.