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Seeing as 7 million have already watched this I'm sure you've all seen it, but just in case, I found this an utterly brilliant combination of insight and crystal clear animation
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I really enjoyed watching this ... as a researcher and University teacher ... I fear about the way we are conveying information to the next generation.
There are also quite a large number of additional RSA Animations to lectures, TED Talks, etc. All equally brilliant and clarifying! :-)
Tim Box
Brilliant! And with a good old English accent...
I keep referring people to this one particularly. A truly engaging talk and medium. And as a previous poster had mentioned the other RSA animates are a must watch. 
As a pre teen and teenager I read a lot of DeBono. I was a lifehacker before there was a website for it. It broke my thinking as a teen and whilst I failed in so many ways academically. I still got the job that I sought and at 40 yrs old I find my mind is still able to remain flexible to consuming a new idea , approach or thought on a level that I continue to find frustrating in my peers.
I saw this last June. I had to change the way I taught. It still resonates to the point where I am considered "left field" now. Does mean I don't tick boxes though, which is rather frowned upon in the current educational environment. This is a dangerous video for teachers.
Over the last four years I have dabbled in educating children. I quite quickly found out that my skill in teaching is only really good for young children. After about the age of 14 the students are so concerned in passing exams they only want question and answer and do not want to discover or think for themselves.
My own education was based on problem solving and not getting things right all the time but understanding why I got it wrong and learning from it but I feel this style is very old fashioned.
I am 40 but work with people in there 20's and am constantly disappointed in there level of intuition and inquisitiveness. There is no sense of play and no risk taking. Everything has been so structured that you either follow or outcast yourself.
Education has become purely a device to find a job and in such a way that the years when young minds should be thinking for themselves has become a purely brainwashing method to fit people into a very tight style of society. However I feel that education has always been like this but it getting closer to a tipping point where big changes will happen naturally.
I like Ken's TED talks but when I read one of his books I was slightly disappointed.
+Peter Atkinson I agree - dangerous for teachers. I "teach" in post-16 vocational education in the UK. We try to take the learners from where schools leave them (at the bottom of that decline in divergent thinking) and edge them back up it so they can be useful in work. Unfortunately the education system, the awarding bodies and our employer just want good grades whatever it takes. If you challenge that you are labelled as a problem. Sad days.
Out of interest What do people think are good skills in the workplace. I have had a large collection of jobs and all have been in very different industries. I have survived mainly because I am open to admitting my mistakes and quick to ask for help. What I like from the staff below me is the same and some sense of duty towards the job.
As I work in education I have no real idea what work is but my opinions would seem to mirror yours. An ability to learn and be flexible/adaptable plus a willingness to get stuck in. The actual skills of the job are often much easier to learn than those (which are often called soft skills for reasons i never understood).
As above. Sense of duty to and ownership of what your doing. Saying yes, and saying no. Taking opportunities. I feel these apply to all workplaces. Certainly in my experience. 
In the long term and the largest scale, what will foster future skills in both the workplace and elsewhere, is variety.
Ashby's law of requisite variety is well demonstrated in this video, as compared to traditional education.
+Samuel Holmes Unfortunately, in the UK at least, standards and prescription are the policy and not freedom to differentiate to suit learneers and needs. It may be that the current system suits a few learners (10%?) but we should offer something different to the others (as you say).
Watched this the other week and then discovered this week my kid's primary school is streaming literacy accross years 1-4 based purely on ability. No grouping by age!
When I was at primary/junior school we had classes with three groups in. I think it lasted about a couple of years and then changed back. We worked through books independently so those with talent could move on quicker.
I have to say that my education in primary/junior/secondary was actually quite good. The two failures were the strikes caused by Thatcher and the local council not recognising dyslexia. So the teachers did what they could. Give the teachers more independence and the children will be better educated.
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