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    To be fair to the teacher, MC TF are also easier to grade and I have to wonder if that is not also a consideration. We have spent much time last week discussing Sir Ken Robinsons' Video suggesting that schools are killing creativity, and now this week on Seth Gooding's video entitled 'stop stealing Dreams,' It seems that these two speakers are not happy with our current public K-12 education system. If you were in a room with both Mr. Robinson and Mr. Gooding what would you share with them about: a. the state of public education where you live and b. what are your plans to improve the ability for students to learn 21st century skills in your area?

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    Before we begin, it would be helpful to summarize key points made by each speaker:
    Ken Robinson (Key points)
    - We are educating people out of their creative capacities
    - If you're not prepared to be wrong you won't come up with anything original
    - Every education system has the same hierarchy of subjects, at the bottom are the Arts and at the top are Math and English
    - The whole system of public education - processed towards university entrance
    - Need to radically think our view of intelligence - it is diverse, it is dynamic, it is distinct
    - We have to use our gift of imagination wisely, "seeing our creative capacities for the richness they are, seeing our children for the hope that they are"
    - We need to educate one's whole being
    Seth Godin (Key points)
    - School was about teaching obedience
    - In the Industrial Age, education was about training people to work, behave, comply, fit-in
    - If it's work, they try to figure out how to do less, if it's art, we try to figure out how to do more
    - Things we need to do:
    o Have homework during the day (where you can ask your questions/ get guidance) and lectures at night on any subject
    o Open book and open note tests all the time; there is zero value in memorizing; anything worth memorizing is worth looking up
    o Access to any course, anywhere in the world, anytime you want to do it
    o Precise focused education, instead of mass batch stuff
    o No more multiple-choice exams
    o Measuring experience instead of test scores; the resume is worthless now
    o Cooperation instead of isolation
    o Teachers role transforms into coach
    o Lifelong work learning with work happening early in life
    o Death of the famous college
    - "Grades are an illusion; passion and insight are reality; your work is more important than your congruence to an answer key"
    - If you care enough about your work to get criticized about it, then it will get you results

    It is clear that both speakers emphasize the need to promote more flexibility, creativity, freedom to make mistakes and open-endedness in education. They strongly discourage memorizing, rigid ...

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    The solution discusses what would be shared with both Mr. Robinson and Mr. Godin about the state of public education where you live and what plans are to improve the ability for students to learn 21st century skills in your area.