Minimally Invasive Personalised Education

My 2011 Adventures

My 2012 Adventures

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"Talent [can] blossom into something extraordinary if nurtured. When mentors serve this function - either turning a light on a new world or fanning the flames of interest into genuine passion - they do exalted work..." Sir Ken Robinson - ''The Element''

You can't start a fire without a spark...

I like the analogy of fire and the passing of flames when it comes to education. Instead of 'doing' education to our children let us join together to "relinquish the reins and give them the chance to learn by doing..." Ewan McIntosh

"The small things matter, being balanced does not require dramatic upheaval of your life ... If enough people do it, we can change society's definition of success..." Nigel Marsh

The Legend of How Maui brought fire to the world also serves as a good metaphor. Maui, one of our early critical thinkers, was not satisfied with being 'given' fire. Instead he used perseverance, persistence (with a pinch of stubborness) to seek and and find ''how'' fire was made. 'Giving' children knowledge is not enough - I would go as far as saying that it is damaging. Learn from Maui - Learn By Doing!

I a ia e hīkoi ana ka whakaaro ake a ia, "Ki te pau ngā ahi a Mahuika, ka tīkina atu te ahi mai i hea?"
Māui wondered "...if Mahuika had no fire left, then where would she get her fire from?"
How Māui brought fire to the world

So What?

So it is time for me to try and change the indoctrinated way we teach and learn. I am not the expert and I must stop falling back into the easy traditional teaching methods that are held up by the antiquated pillars of Economics and Academia. The times, they have changed, and if we are not careful we're going to miss the boat.

"... given the challenges we face, education doesn’t need to be reformed—it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardise education but to personalise it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions." Sir Ken Robinson


Sugata Mitra is one of my new heroes. Through his 'hole in the wall' experiments Dr Sugata Mitra has convincingly argued that children can learn in minimally supervised self organising groups. In the context of ICT acquisition he notes that the children who appear to be 'cruising' or 'surfing' are still acquiring valuable skills and knowledge.

Sugata Mitra Ted Talk
[[sugatam: |Sugata Mitra Wiki]]
Sugata Mitra Blog
Sir Ken Robinson - The Element