Professor Mary Bendel-Simso sent me this video by RSA Animate about education — and changing and shifting educational paradigms for the current environment.
I would urge you to take the 11 minutes or so that it takes to watch this video. There are major implications for how we think about classes, collaboration, and thinking. I thought one of the most enlightening aspects of this video was about the capacity for creative thinking. A longitudinal study was given to kindergarteners. They asked them “How many uses can you come up with for a paper clip?” At that age, these children scored about 98% for “divergent thinking” that helped them think creatively. They were tested again five years later. Then again five more years later. The result? Less creative capacity for learning. But! They had now been “educated”!
It is true that we can’t change all the ills of public education, especially before they get here. But can we do by the time they *do* get to us? How can we help them re-engage and reconnect? How can we at McDaniel shift the educational paradigms?