For those of you who haven’t seen this TED talk, I think it is very helpful to listen to this in order to remind ourselves about what’s important to look for when choosing schools for our children. In the competitive London independent school environment, it is easy to believe you need to choose the prep school that will get your child into St Paul’s in order to get your child into Oxbridge in order to get your child into what exactly in the end? Sir Ken Robinson criticises the education system for trying to mould all children into becoming university professors, when realistically what’s needed in the future is entrepreneurs, artists, freelancers, and communicators. His most important point is that no-one knows what the future will look like in 50 years, so that the most important skills to be honed are flexibility, curiosity and creativity, not test taking and memorisation.
I hope you find the talk inspiring. I think especially in London, being surrounded by “pushy parents” and talk of how to ensure your toddler ends up at St Paul’s or Westminster school, it is important to listen to these diverging ideas.