"As I see it, the aims of education are to enable students to understand the world around them and the talents within them so that they can become fulfilled individuals and active, compassionate citizens." - Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D.
Sir Ken Robinson is considered by many to be one of the foremost thinkers on education in the world today with more than forty years as a teacher, researcher, trainer, examiner and adviser. His TedTalk on Changing Education Paradigms has been viewed online over 30 million times.
According to Robinson, virtually every nation in the world is engaged in some type of education reform in response to the significant global changes. The world, he notes, has dramatically changed and our education systems need to respond. Digital technologies are transforming how we "work, play, think, feel and relate to each other." It is a revolution, Robinson says, that has barely begun and the old systems of education - effectively created to meet the needs of an industrial age and workforce - were not designed with this new world in mind.
Globalization and technological change mean that today's workforce needs to have new skills, and be prepared to keep learning throughout life. This evolution of principles requires education systems to make significant transformational shifts from educating students - typically grouped by age, using the same content at the same pace - to a more dynamic, personalized system of engaging and empowering students. Students will need to solve real problems, utilize multiple disciplines, and draw on the very best content that the world has to offer.
Thanks to the Timken Foundation and the Stark Education Partnership, Sir Ken Robinson will be in Stark County on August 2, 2017. He will offer a compelling vision of how our education systems need to change to maximize the potential of every student. He will point the way forward to a design for schools that engage all students in developing their love of learning while preparing for the real challenges of the twenty-first century.