laundry

folding :: besides countless kitchen towels, not that much, actually.  the boys spend their days in swim trunks or shirtless running around in shorts.  asher would prefer nothing, like sans diaper nothing, but they dart in and out of the house too much for that.  

watching :: TED talks.  they make folding what laundry i do have more interesting.  i had not watched/listened to any in awhile and abbie’s posts this week have reminded me of what i’ve been missing out on.  last night i watched a couple, including one abbie linked, ken robinson says schools kill creativity.  the title kind of says it all.  it is a great talk and i agree with much of what he said.  but the lines that kept me thinking were the following from the introduction:

everybody has an interest in education. …it’s one of those things that goes deep with people, like religion and money and other things.

really?  everybody has an interest in education? perhaps it depends on what one means by “interest.”  an interest in defending one’s choice of schooling (regardless of whether it is researched/well-informed or not) for one’s children, perhaps, but an interest in studying and grappling with all the types and issues of education and striving to perhaps change it?  i’m not so sure. and does one’s own personal educational history “go deep” with people?  i look back on much of my education and realize that while i was a good student and interested in lots of areas of study, i often felt kind lost.  “what am i doing with what i’m learning?” surfaced in my mind a few times.  and here is where robinson is spot on: 

the universities design the system in their image.  if you think of it, the whole system of public education around the world is a protracted process of university entrance.  

and i’d add that once i was in college, the education there seemed to carry on that model.  the environment in which i learned seemed to have as its goal to push me to the next possible degree.  

also watched:  gever tulley on 5 dangerous things for kids.  gever tulley’s tinkering school.  carl honore praises slowness.

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5 thoughts on “laundry

  1. such great points. If everyone had an interest in education, our political/social/cultural landscape would be quite different, no?

    Perhaps it’s fair to say that everyone in the auditorium as part of a TED audience has an interest in education….

    I really like Robinson’s lecture but feel like there is definitely a balance needed. Yes, I think nurturing creativity is really important and tends to be under-valued in traditional schools. Change needs to happen in this regard. On the other hand, “left brain” thinking is absolutely critical, and a solid academic foundation in the “left brain” type of pursuits is so important for each & every child.

  2. on the boy’s not wanting clothing: if you are game, i bet asher could get potty trained this way! my mom says that the way she did it with us (in summertime here) is that she’d put on little ruffled panties and let us run around. after a while we’d understand that if we went in when we had to go the pee-pee would go in the toilet and not on our feet! :0 i know boys are different but this could be a low-effort, natural way to go! 🙂 or, then again, asher may end up just wanting to go in the pool…

  3. Have you seen the TED Talk by Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity? I just wrote about it for my latest Curator article. I agree with Abbie that there’s got to be a right/left brain, creative/logic balance. It’s easy to honor one over the other, but it’s not practical.

    I haven’t watched Robinson’s talk, but I’ll give it a go. If nothing more, it’s interesting to listen to these talks and spend some time thinking/talking about the ideas presented.

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