Hot! Hot! HOT weather!

To start things off, I just devoured
The Element: How finding your passion changes everything by Ken Robinson, Ph.D with Lou Aronica in 2 days.

I’ve mentioned Ken Robinson in a past post about his inspiring and humourous talk on ted.com. He’s done it again with this book. “The Element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion.” and that one sizes does not fit all. In the book, he talks more in depth about the downfall of public education and what we need to do to change it to help people find their passion.

A poem from founder Loris Malaguzzi founder of Reggio schools, I think best sums how school and culture steals our passions.

The child
is made of one hundred.
The child has
a hundred languages
a hundred hands
a hundred thoughts
a hundred ways of thinking
of playing, of speaking.
A hundred always a hundred
ways of listening
of marveling of loving
a hundred worlds
to discover
a hundred worlds
to invent
a hundred worlds
to dream
The child has
a hundred languages
(and a hundred hundred more)
but they steal ninety-nine.
The school and the culture
separate the head from the body.
They tell the child:
to think without head
to listen and not speak
to understand without joy
to love and to marvel
only at Easter and Christmas.
They tell the child:
to discover the world already there
and of the hundred
they steal ninety-nine
They tell the child:
that work and play
reality and fantasy
science and imagination
sky and earth
reason and dream
are things
that do not belong together.

And thus they tell the child
that the hundred is not there
The child says:
No way. The hundred is there.

The most profound question in the book was the rewording of HOW INTELLIGENT ARE YOU? to HOW ARE YOU INTELLIGENT? because we all intelligent in one form or another and this book helps us open our eyes to different kinds of intellect.

Current summer book: The Time Traveller’s Wife

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