From the Principal
Vale Sir Ken Robinson
Last Friday saw the passing of British author, speaker and educational agent provocateur Sir Ken Robinson.
At the close of this article I include a link to what is, perhaps, Sir Ken’s most famous speech in which he explores the origins and increasing limitations of the universal franchise approach to education as it has manifested since its introduction during the Industrial Revolution. The Education Act of 1875 provided free and compulsory education for children in South Australia between the ages of 7 and 13. Subsequent to this, the compulsory years have extended, the world’s fortunes ebbed and flowed, and the function of education for society shifted with the rise of technology throughout the 20th and 21st centuries; yet, as Sir Ken would have argued, little has adjusted with the basic premise of how schools operate.
Invested in education as I am, I admired Sir Ken for his insight into education and his preparedness to challenge what otherwise are sometimes considered to be immovable obstacles. Some have criticised Sir Ken for not providing answers; this view has a degree of accuracy and yet perhaps misses the point as it risks the implication that to observe is not important should it not come with an answer. At the very least, Sir Ken posed questions that educational leaders cannot ignore; in doing so, he has enriched the contemporary discourse on education across the world and served as the veritable agent provocateur for those with innovative minds to imagine a better future.
I encourage you to watch the video HERE.