No school has the same standards as another but concerns in Knysna, whether true or false, are that:
- Government classes are overcrowded, teachers overstressed and drug usage has increased, culminating in growing teen crime and, overall, an unhealthy, lessor education than should be possible. The lack of discipline is a major concern.
- Conversely, a well respected private school has been criticised for placing far too much emphasis and money into sport. Some also consider that children there have been given too much freedom and, consequently, also suffer from insufficient discipline.
Those conversations regrew in my head after i watched this mind-blowing TED Talks video which has been viewed 28 million times. Ken Robinson asks if schools are killing the creativity needed for an unpredictable future. He says that if kids are not allowed to be wrong, it will stifle their creativity. He makes a compelling argument for creativity being as important as literacy so that we don’t squander the talents of the youngest generation, killing their possibilities before they become adults. He believes ADHD is an invention and says that “degrees aren’t worth anything” anymore. He asks that we “radically rethink our view of intelligence.”
Parents, this speech will be of the most important you will ever hear!
This 13-year old, Logan LaPlante, was inspired by Robinson’s speech and asks, “Why is happy and healthy not considered education?” He will make parents think.