Cognition & Reality

Monday, 18 October 2010

Ken Robinson And ADHD (Among Other Things)

Filed under: Uncategorized — drtone @ 12:38 pm

I have to confess that I had never heard of Sir Ken Robinson until I watched this video this morning. It’s a great little talk that addresses the conceptual underpinnings of our educational system, which was created to serve the needs of industrialization. What Sir Ken does not say in the video, but probably says elsewhere, is that public education could only be created with the understanding that it would generate cooperative workers, informed only so far as it served the needs of–dare I say it?–the “industrialists” of the late 19th and early 20th century.

Although Robinson does not fully explicate the issue in the video, ADHD fits in  the picture because no factory supervisor wants a worker who habitually fails to focus on the task he or she is given. In an actual factory setting, inattention can be physically dangerous. More importantly, a failure to attend to what the boss considers important is socially dangerous, as well.

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