Ken Robinson education’s struggle to modernise

On education

I like Ken a lot. I think what he has to say about education is spot on. But I’m troubled by how he refers to ADHD, he’s a little too dismissive and political. I agree that society itself is responsible in main part for the growth of ADHD diagnosis. But we are undoubtedly different from the norm and need some help with that. We demand that five year old children sit on hard chairs and pay attention to a single person all day. Would any adult you know want that?

In our quest to measure children we miss the point. We miss the hard to numerically assess areas like independent thinking, team work, problem solving, creativity, presentation and verbal skills in our education and evaluation systems. We disregard skills in which ADHD kids may excel, instead we measure memory and adherence to process. Sad for children, sadder still for the health of society at large.
ADHD Coach, Andrew Lewis

Andrew Lewis

Andrew Lewis is an ADHD Coach, writer and founder of SimplyWellbeing. He has over 15,000 hours and 18 years of experience in coaching over 500 ADHD executives, ADHD business professionals and ADHD creatives. Andrew ran a major ADHD support group and an ADHD diagnostic clinic for a while. He is an ADHD specialist backed with business expertise from a twenty years career in software, from roles in programming, through marketing, sales and to running a few software start-ups. His ADHD insight is personal, with decades understanding his own ADHD experience and in bringing up his ADHD daughter. He has published his writing primarily via this website, with interactive ADHD courses in development.


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