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This clever animated short—viewed by more than 1.85 million people on YouTube—lays out Sir Ken Robinson’s view of contemporary public education and how it needs to be reformed.

He suggests that by treating students as factory products stamped out by an inflexible, repetitive and outdated production line, our current model of learning is stuck in the intellectual and economic culture of the Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution. For this reason, Robinson asks five key questions:

  • How do we educate our children to take their place in the economies of the 21st century?
  • How do we pass on the cultural genes of our communities while being part of the process of globalization?
  • Why does the process of obtaining a college degree tend to marginalize everything our students think is important about themselves?
  • Why do our educational systems make so many brilliant people think that they are stupid?
  • Why has the modern “plague” of ADHD paralleled the growth of standardized testing? Is it a fictitious epidemic?

Don’t take my word for it, and don’t expect me to summarize Sir Robinson’s solution either. Watch this entertaining video for yourself and let us at TechEDge know what you think. Oh, and by the way: how many uses can you think of for a paper clip? <>