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Ken Robinson wants to create a creativity curriculum, and downgrade "academics." By academics Robinson and his supporters mean all the things that schools traditionally taught, such as reading, writing, and arithmetic.
If you care about any aspect of the traditional curriculum, you have to watch this development with concern.
The schools are doing a dreadful job of teaching reading now. Can you imagine if they give any less emphasis to it?
Everything in public schools comes down to time. How many hours for this, how many hours for that? If Robinson has his way, then the schools will become looser, sloppier, fuzzier. I would like to see reading taught with greater efficiency. I would like to see more emphasis on promptness, correctness, precision.
The kind of school that Ken Robinson talks about –- the huge, rigid, factory-like monster out of a Dickens novel-- hardly exists anymore. If such schools did exist, then maybe Robinson has a point. I don't think there are any left.
This article explains the flaws in Robinson's agenda.