In the light of recent decisions made at the Labour Party Conference regarding a proposed stance on independent schools (all very Henry VIII/Dissolution of Monasteries), I was reminded of Sir Ken’s 2010 talk - helpfully animated by RSA Animate for visual learners! - which reminds us of how recent a thing ‘Public’ (= State) education is.
Wouldn’t it be ironic if the raft of schools
founded to educate children before state education was even a thing - dating back to the Sixth Century (King’s School, Canterbury) - were ‘absorbed’ into the State Sector?!
This excellent 12 minuter manages to give an insight into the pillars at the heart of our (industrial) education system - which are of course anachronistic and no longer relevant - as well as pointing out the problems with standardisation, the mistruth of the ADHD ‘epidemic’ and the advantages of embracing divergent thinking. Enjoy…