Hi, all. Just read Sir Ken's The Element
(think: being in one's element) mostly about how individuals have found and do find their passion, but also a lot about school. The last chapter, "Making the Grade," is all about what schools need to be in order to help children find their particular intelligence. I would love to hear everybody's reactions to his message are. They seem "spot on" to me (in keeping with the author's British origins).
What Robinson doesn't talk/write about much is the role of technology in education, but he can be forgiven that, I think, because it's one of many enablers in the many paths he describes of finding one's unique intelligence/gift. But when I mash up what he writes (particularly on pp. 116 & 117 in "Finding Your Tribe") with what I'm hearing from tech educators with the findings of Mimi Ito, et al, of the Digital Youth Project (see my coverage with links http://www.netfamilynews.org/2008/06/how-teens-use-social-network-s...
), I get really excited about how powerful social media can be in and outside of school in enabling youth to find and be in their element. Would like others' thoughts on this.