Sir Ken Robinson discusses the current state of education, how do his ideas line up with sociologist views on education?
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Ken Robinson's views on education are in many ways based on a sociological understanding. In particular, he argues that institutional failures in education not only do not incentivize divergent thinking skills, but actually penalize them. Controversially, he claims that the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder "epidemic," as he characterizes it, is socially constructed. The problem is not anything inside the students' heads, but rather the content and methods they are being exposed to. Additionally, he argues that the "current system of education" was designed for a bygone era, and particularly a bygone notion of what constitutes intelligence. Schools are still, he argues, organized along the lines of the factory, even though they are exposed in their everyday lives to information at an unprecedented rate. They are "anaesthetized" in order to allow them to "focus" on what Robinson characterizes as "boring stuff." So essentially, many of the problems of education stem from "society," but not in the sense that many educators mean it. Rather he suggests that education is simply out of touch with the realities of the world around it.
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