Just imagine a conversation between Dr Mel Levine and Sir Ken Robinson. They’d both be telling stories about individuals, education, and the process of learning. They really should meet each other, if they haven’t already, as they both advocate for finding your passion and pursuing it, and they both would like to see education change to better serve all students.
Mel Levine aims to help demystify kids and young adults to themselves, so they better understand how they learn by understanding their strengths and weaknesses. A person’s strengths can serve as the foundation around which their learning and maturing take place. Sometimes it is difficult to assess one’s own strengths, though, particularly when one’s weaknesses can seem insurmountable or simply overshadowing. The goal of Mel’s program is to assist individuals in overcoming or circumventing their weaknesses, while highlighting, enjoying and celebrating their strengths.
Ken Robinson believes that individuals should pursue their passions, and that many times in education the educators school individuals out of their passions. Schools should retune themselves to place equal emphasis on the nontraditional areas, such as the arts, thus permitting students who enjoy or excel in these areas ample opportunity to pursue their studies while being lauded for those skills, regardless of their aptitude in more traditional areas.
Both Mel and Ken feel that having a passion and being able to pursue it are highly motivating and important aspects of education, and are often downplayed (when not in typical academic areas) in favor of more traditional areas. I think they would have a fine time chatting with one another!
Don’t take my word for it! Here they are, in their own words (except for Garr’s blog entry.)
On his Presentation Zen blog Garr Reynold’s has an excellent summary of Sir Ken Robinson on the art of public speaking.
Interviews with Ken Robinson
- IMNO – International Mentoring Network Organization: World Renowned Expert on Innovation and Creativity
- Phorecast Podcast No 01 – Sir Ken Robinson (12/10/07)
- DishyMix Episode 6 – Sir Ken Robinson, Creativity and Innovation Expert
- Mediasnackers Podcast #88 (6/24/07)
Interviews with Mel Levine
- Educational Leadership – Celebrate Strengths, Nurture Affinities: A Conversation with Mel Levine (9/06)
- NPR – Mel Levine: Teaching All Kinds of Minds (1/24/05)
- A Series of audio and video interviews with Mel Levine on the All Kinds of Minds web site
Family Talk – Part 1
Family Talk – Part 2
How To Nurture Success In All Children
Students As Innocent Victims Of Their Own Wiring
How To Understand Difficulties That Are Not Well Understood