He talks about the original educational Victorian model which we haven't yet actually changed much; 'we educate kids by batches, the day is divided up into segments.'
He then goes on to expound his views (interpersed with lovely music cos it's Desert Island discs of course) around personalised, CREATIVE education. We do know this I know. I think sometimes it's buried under the surface and it seems to be very buried right now. The more I hear and see from schools and fellow teachers at present the more I fear, the more I believe we need a LEARNING REVOLUTION.
The misunderstanding of creativity coming after 'basics', a love of reading coming after phonics the more I want to rant and rave and start my own revolution. It's a load of rot and I think everyone knows it too. Do you really really believe that children develop a love of learning when you strip a lesson of curiosity, excitement and drill for tests? How can people say that creativity comes after the basics? Loving learning and finding ways of engaging children gives them the foundation for those much talked about basics. For child what's in it for them otherwise?
I'm increasingly sad that arts teaching is being reduced to a anything you can do neatly on an A4 piece of paper in half an hour blocks. How do you expect children to develop flow and concentration (which they do need when they grow up) and produce something they can be proud of in such a short time? You don't know it if you're learning an instrument, you don't do this when you're cooking, reading, pursuing your own interests at home. You do those things because you are intrinsically motivated to do them. We need more of that...that's our job. We have to find the way to personalise education as Ken Robinson says during this programme. Kirsty Young asks 'how, when teachers have a class of 30' His response is 'great teachers always did it....you do it for you own kids, you treat them differently'.
IT IS UP TO US to help children engage with their imaginations, find reasons for them to want to learn, create magical classrooms for the 21st century and help them explore a broad curriculum with the right tools to do it.
As he says so succinctly:
"You don't do literacy first and then do creativity. If you want people to read and write well you engage their imaginations and you teach them creatively....these are not polar opposites."