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Why Our Education System is Flawed – Tali Berlin

1:50 – 3:35 tells the main point Ken Robinson is trying to make. He makes the argument that the current education system in place is full of flaws and needs to be changed as it is old, models industrialism like factories putting kids in batches to study separate subjects and learn to come up with only one answer to each question, therefore killing their ability to think divergently and making kids who think differently feel stupid and useless. Continue watching for the explanation.


  • Penalizing kids for getting distracted in the most stimulating and technologically advanced day in age
  • Amount of kids with ADHD has risen with the growth of standardize testing
  • To make kids with ADHD calm down, they are given pills to deaden their senses in order to be able to focus on “boring stuff” and not get distracted by the fun and enticing stuff around them (media, advertising, cell phones, etc.)
  • Instead of “deadening their senses… we should be waking them up”
  • Some kids are much better than different kids in the same age and different disciplines, or different times of the day… or in large groups or small groups or on their own

  • Education system about conformity and standardization, we should go “in the exact opposite direction”
  • In a study done to test divergent thinking (ability to come up with a lot of answers to one question, in ex: how many uses can you come up for a paper clip – can you come up with 10 or 200 answers?), 98% of a group of kids in kindergarten reached genius level;  they kept testing the same kids every few years, and as they became more and more “educated” in schools with age, less and less of them reached genius level.
  • Kids damage their ability to think divergently as school says their is only one answer to each question, and you either get it right or wrong.

Conclusion: Our current education system needs to change as it singles out kids who think differently, tells them that they are stupid, and kills their ability to think divergently.

Truth, Validity, and Soundness: All the premises seem factually correct and make sense to be true, however to know for sure, more research has to be done on the experiments and facts stated in this video. The argument is valid as the premises do lead to the conclusion. This makes this argument sound, unless further research into the factual correctness proves otherwise.



One Response to Why Our Education System is Flawed – Tali Berlin

  1. Mr. Jackson says:

    Hi Tali,

    Great analysis! This video has been making the rounds for a few years and it’s good to see that people are still finding their way to it (and are hopefully inspired by what they find)… though perhaps a shame that we still have a lot of work to do in making schooling relevant and oriented toward the future.

    I think you’ve ‘decoded’ a fairly complex argument here, and done so articulately. I wonder, though, if there are premises or assumptions supporting some of the ones you’ve listed above: about the purpose or expectations for schooling (traditionally, or presently), what might be considered the “content” of scholastic learning, or broader cultural questions about what we’re “supposed” to be learning, or how… These questions would be decidedly less “objective” or answerable through research, and would rely on conversation between interested parties (students, parents, teachers, policy-makers).

    How would you summarize Mr. Robinson’s purpose of schooling? What is the presumed purpose of schooling that he is challenging in this talk?


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