At TEDx London, Sir Ken Robinson concluded the day’s conference with a poignant reminder: “The reason why today’s conversation is so important is that we are living in revolutionary times; that’s why we need a revolution in education”.
He identifies two major drivers of change, population growth and technology, both of which are changing exponentially …
“And that rate of change is going to accelerate; it’s not going to decrease. We’re not heading towards some calm pasture where all the change will be behind us; they will simply become more tumultuous”. Therefore, we now have to take note of the magnitude of changes and challenges, and of the need to see education as key to the future.
“I think it’s important that we recognise the conversation is not happening in a vacuum. It’s not a historical vacuum; it’s not a cultural vacuum”. The issue is to make personalisation, an “intensive relationship between students and teachers”, customization and community involvement part of mainstream education (refer to the posting of December 5, 2011).
“The technologies we have available in the schools don’t make for great education, but great educators can make something great of them.” Change needs to happen to the technologies in themselves and in the way implement them to personalise education.
“If we are resilient, and if we invest in and believe properly in our true creative powers, if we apply them in all our educational settings, then we will begin to shape a different type of future for everybody”. Sir Ken concludes by pledging his continued support of promoting change in education and of those who make it happen.
Watch the video of Sir Ken’s final remarks at TEDx, London; or download the transcript: