Saturday, June 12, 2010
Charles Leadbeater, in a presentation about the nature of innovation, recalls looking out the window of the classroom when he was at school and wishing he was the the man mowing the oval. It doesn't say much for what was happening in the classroom. Ken Robinson argues that our whole school system is just preparation for university entrance exams and there is a danger that what passes as learning in schools is increasingly becoming irrelevant and like Chindogu, that is, a good idea but pretty useless in reality. It is fairly obvious that for learning for take place, students need to be engaged. The reason I enjoy helping kids brainstorm problems and try to solve these problems by creating inventions, is that I have seen kids who are usually uninterested in school, come alive and show their creative talents. It always reminds me of Chris, an ex-student, whose problem was getting in trouble with his mum when he arrived home from school for scuffing his black leather school shoes on the playground. His solution, shoe bumper bars. He used wire and a piece of old garden house and shaped the hose to surround his shoes to stop them getting bumped. I still laugh about it as I write. It was a piece of perfect Chindogu , nearly as good as Dust Slippers for Cats. We are reminded constantly that workers of the future need to be creative problem solvers. What are we doing about it?
Posted by Charlie O'Sullivan at 6:55 PM