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  1. msg Why do some thrive and some fail in this system? message posted Why do some thrive and some fail in this system? Some students are able to survive as they are able to obtain the one answer for every question thro…
    Why do some thrive and some fail in this system?
    Some students are able to survive as they are able to obtain the one answer for every question through whatever means such as memorization. This cause them to understand how to score well in school.

    Some fail as they are unable to adapt to the study system not because they are not smart but because they may excel in other areas such as sports or arts with lots of creativity which is not used many education systems. Moreover they are regarded as failures and thus not much attention is given to them by teachers causing them to fail to grasp the ability to score well in the system. Others fail as they may have learning disabilities such as ADHD and are forced to sit through the same system for able people after being forced to take medicine. this deaden their senses.
  2. msg Response 2... message posted Response 2... Education is key to a civilization's success and growth. It is through education that knowledge and…
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    Education is key to a civilization's success and growth. It is through education that knowledge and skills are passed down from one generation to another, while at the same time promoting creative thinking and curiosity in order to gain new knowledge and brainstorm new ideas to better the human condition. However our current education system is based on an aged system for an age long gone past. The current system has flaws and must be improved, though we must keep in mind that reforming the education system is revolutionary and titanic a task.

    Sir Ken Robinson firstly criticized the current education system for alienation of students who do not or unable to thrive in the system. The current system is based on 18th century Enlightenment and 19th industrialization. In the past the current system effectively taught us that by working hard and getting a degree, one will be able to land himself a good job. The school still feeds us with the same mentality. However, many students are alienated as they do not see the purpose of going to school. Their reasons are somewhat justified. In today's world, a degree itself is unable to land you a good job. It takes a lot more than completing that set amount of years in school and getting a college degree to be successful in life. The main point is we must change the way we think about the purpose of education as the world has changed and we must match this change by changing the education system. By having a solid and justified purpose for education, less kids will be alienated because they fail to see the purpose of education.

    A second point brought out by Sir Ken Robinson is the rigid structure of the education system. The current system effectively classifies subjects and activities into academic and non-academic. Schools only focus on the academic aspect of education by force feeding facts to students. The consequence of this action is that many students who are talented in areas other than academics are severely affected and demoralized. One example is the arts, a victim of this system. Due to the emphasis placed of academic subjects, the arts are often neglected and students who excel in the arts often do not get equal opportunities in school and other aspects of life as academics is still the main focus of school. Instead of focusing entirely on academics, schools should focus on other areas such as the arts and athletics. Students have passion and talent in different areas and should be allowed to perform to their full potential in these areas, instead of having to conform to the norm and focus only on academics.

    Sir Ken Robinson has called upon for numerous changes in the current education system. However I believe that the changes he has called for are unpractical and extremely difficult to implement with immediate desired effects. The current education system is a centuries-old system deeply entrenched into our culture and society. Reforming the education system is like introducing an entire generation to a new environment while the older generations stay in another environment. The changes made are too broad and deep to be implemented immediately. Instead, education ministries and schools should adopt the changes proposed by Sir Ken Robinson in stages. If the entire education system is changed overnight, society will be in chaos.
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  3. msg Response 3... message posted Response 3... Servant leadership is similar to transcendent leadership. The main similarity between the two is th…
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    Servant leadership is similar to transcendent leadership. The main similarity between the two is that there is a clear willingness to serve the will of the collective consciousness as determined by the group, and that it is a leadership of service over self. This is very similar to the form of leadership the speaker is alluding to, as he mentions phrases such as "a leader is a leader because he is also a servant", suggesting that he feels that servant leadership should be about serving the greater good. Also, he states examples of transcendent leaders such as Mohandas Gandhi and Mother Teresa, which was coincidentally the same examples used by the explanation of transcendent leadership.
  4. msg How do we encourage all children to thrive? message posted How do we encourage all children to thrive? We can firstly motivate our children to develop their potential and expand on interests they have s…
    How do we encourage all children to thrive?
    We can firstly motivate our children to develop their potential and expand on interests they have shown in any particular arena, perhaps the arts. We must understand that all children are born different, but all special and unique in their own way. As such, the current inflexible system forces every student to compete in an area which they might not be talented or interested in, and such an inefficient method is surely doomed to fail. By providing them with several avenues to develop their talents, we would then be able to fully maximise each and every prospect.

    Divergent thinking should also be encouraged. Students should be taught to answer a question from various angles and formulate a hypothesis based on one’s opinion. The current system of standardised testing is flawed, where it once might have sufficed, the modern world now demands creativity.
  5. msg How can we improve the current education system? message posted How can we improve the current education system? In order to improve the current education, the basic and most fundamental flaw in the system must b…
    How can we improve the current education system?
    In order to improve the current education, the basic and most fundamental flaw in the system must be rectified. The rigidity and unrelenting system must be abolished, and in its place, a system which encourages creativity and stimulates diversity should be established. The new system must allow room for students to develop their strengths and explore avenues which pique their interests. It should also further expand on the idea of group learning, by encouraging collaborations between students, which facilitate their learning. The current system is based on the past, obsolete and outdated. The new system should also be operated in order to fit the needs of the modern society, where the most creative, the most enterprising are those at the top of the social heirachy.
  6. msg Response 2... message posted Response 2... The speaker in video 1 alludes to transformational leadership. This is because the speaker mentione…
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    The speaker in video 1 alludes to transformational leadership. This is because the speaker mentioned that it has to promote a greater good that can benefit not only the individual, but the larger society, nation and eventually, the world. This is similar to how a transformational leader urges his followers to transcend their own self interests for the benefit of the majority. Also, the speaker mentions the need for this form of leadership to be guided by a vision or aspiration, which suggests that the leader's authority is still vaguely present. This is true for transformational leadership, as though it transforms followers into leaders themselves and encourages a more collaborative decision-making process, ultimately the leader still has authority over his followers, unlike transcendent leadership, where the leader and his followers are like colleagues, there is no difference in power or authority.
  7. msg Why do some thrive and some fail in this system? message posted Why do some thrive and some fail in this system? Some people thrive in the current education system because they have understood how to score well…
    Why do some thrive and some fail in this system?

    Some people thrive in the current education system because they have understood how to score well in school, and have understood the need to conform to the norm.
    Such students are academic and are able to model their answers to meet the standardized requirement set by the system. Even if they do not agree with the stipulated answer, they do not voice their objections, so that they are able to attain good grades. According to Sir Ken Robinson, students are taught that there is only one answer to every question, and although they recognise that the exact opposite is true, they have no choice but to adapt their responses to adhere to the regulations.

    Some people fail in the current education system due to various reasons. Some have special needs or learning disabilities ADHD but are given medications, effectively deadening their senses and forced to sit through the same system instead of being cared for and attended to. Others are simply not suited for studying well in a school environment, being unable to adapt to the requirements. Because they are unable to give the model answer, they are regarded as failures. The last group of such students may excel in other domains such as the sports or arts, but weaker in academics. However, they are forced to sit through the same curriculum and examinations as their academically-stronger counterparts.
  8. msg How do we encourage all children to thrive? message posted How do we encourage all children to thrive? We can encourage all children to thrive by changing certain aspects of the education system. Firstl…
    How do we encourage all children to thrive?
    We can encourage all children to thrive by changing certain aspects of the education system. Firstly, children should be exposed to a wild range of fields, both academic and non-academic. Through this exposure, children will be able to find out where their interest lies and in what areas do they have greater potential to succeed. After this children should be allowed to choose their own courses to take up. Children will benefit more from these courses as they will be more likely to pay attention during class as they are learning subjects which interest them. Another key point to note is that all children have different learning habits. Behavioral tests should be conducted on children to determine their optimal study habits and environment. By understanding a child's study habits and environment, parents and teachers will then be able to choose the right teaching methods and teaching environment to teach the child, maximizing efficiency. Do note that this initiative requires enormous amount of manpower and resources as it is difficult to cater to the need of every single child.
    6:42 am
  9. msg How do we encourage all children to thrive? message posted How do we encourage all children to thrive? Children should have a divergent thinking style that allows them to boost their abilities rather th…
    How do we encourage all children to thrive?
    Children should have a divergent thinking style that allows them to boost their abilities rather than suffer in a system that are causing them to fail.In addition, collaborative learning should be encouraged. Schools should also try to cater to the specific needs of students and help improve their capabilities and develop their passion, instead of just using academic means to try to help all students which in fact does not work at all. worse still, it causes some children to fail badly in that system.
  10. msg How can we improve the current education system? message posted How can we improve the current education system? Our current education system can be improved by promoting group collaboration as effective learning…
    How can we improve the current education system?
    Our current education system can be improved by promoting group collaboration as effective learning happens in groups. Schools should also focus on improving the student's ability of divergent thinking, an essential capacity for creativity, which generates ideas that are original and of value. Education should be improving every student's own specific talent and passion and not forcing something upon evry student which might cause some to fail in that system. All in all, the education system should not be along the lines of a production line.

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