The Incredible Dynamics of Learning

I am a great fan of Sir Ken Robinson. Perhaps you haven’t heard of him, but he’s a British education a list who is a brilliant speaker and who is leading the charge against the continued insistence on schools pursuing educational curricula which were designed for post-industrial revolution needs!

Here’s a short excerpt from one of his blogs which demonstrates his thinking.

The Dynamics of Creativity

April 23, 2013

Do you know, there’s an app that turns your iPhone into a harmonica? When the Iphone was launched in July 2008, there were about 800 apps. Five years later, there are over 775,000.

Some of these apps have launched whole new businesses. Most of them weren’t anticipated by Apple when they designed the iPhone. They couldn’t have been.

When they set about creating a game-changing smart phone, I’m sure Steve Jobs didn’t say to Jonathan Ives and the design team, “Obviously, this new phone has got to handle phone calls and email. But don’t forget, it’s absolutely vital that it doubles as a blues harmonica. People can get depressed in meetings and they’ll almost certainly want to channel Howlin’ Wolf in the coffee breaks.”

The power of a really original idea like the smart phone is that it generates a storm of related innovations by other people, who become inspired by its possibilities. Like the harmonica app, this process can lead in all kinds of directions that the original creators didn’t have in mind. When Gutenberg invented the printing press in the fifteenth century, he couldn’t have foreseen the Protestant Reformation that it helped to bring about less than a hundred years later. Or Amazon. How could he? When John Logie Baird transmitted the first television picture in 1925, he didn’t foresee Fox News – which is probably just as well.


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