Thursday, 1 March 2012

Want to help talent develop - think like a farmer...

I wanted to share this excellent Ted talk from Sir Ken Robinson...I have been fortunate enough to see Sir Ken talk in person and he is even funnier in the flesh. He has developed a rare ability to be funny and profound at the same time and it is something I truly admire.

His message is one about transforming our education system so that we can allow our children to explore and develop their talents. He believes that this will make for a far happier and more productive society, he says...
"We have to go from what is essentially an industrial model of education, a manufacturing model, which is based on linearity and conformity and batching people. We have to move to a model that is based more on principles of agriculture. We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process; it's an organic process. And you cannot predict the outcome of human development. All you can do, like a farmer, is create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish".
I imagine that we would all accept that coaching is a form of education and as such this plea for us to treat youngsters as individuals and create environments where they can explore their capabilities should have terrific resonance. Everywhere I go I am hearing about pathways or systems and I am concerned that they are taking us into a mechanistic approach to human development. Perhaps we need to recognise that the idea of packaging up youngsters or placing them in boxes called 'talented' or 'untalented' is severely detrimental to the actual chances up us achieving the very thing that we aspire to.

Lets move away from 'Talent ID' and move towards talent development.

Enjoy Sir Ken...

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