ACTE Techniques February 2012 : Page 14

Q & A An Interview with Sir Ken Robinson PHOTO COURTESy OF MARK BEAVEN Samantha Shanker (in front of the camera), a student at Ladue High School, located in St. Louis, interviewed keynote speaker Sir ken robinson at the Annual Convention, November 17–19. Shanker and her fellow Ladue students worked with and Dave Cornelius of the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication to capture multimedia coverage of the event. SS: Why is career and technical education important to the nation and to its economy? SKR: Well, the economy of America— every country—depends on the whole multitude of different sorts of jobs in tech -nology, but also in areas as far-ranging as beauticians, engineers, mechanics, electri-cians. We’re in a huge convention center here and this place operates because there are so many people with different skills and interests and passions to make this whole thing come together like this. If you look around anywhere, you look at the buses people travel in, the cars they’re in, the restaurants they eat in—these all depend upon a huge variety of different talents and abilities. So I believe it’s really vital—a great economy needs people do-ing all these sorts of jobs. SS: Do you believe that students are allowed to creatively learn in public schools today? SKR: Well, I know great public schools. I work a lot with teachers. And teachers do a fantastic job. I think what is true is that often the policies that are being used that promote things like standard -ized testing do far too much. I don’t mean there shouldn’t be any standardized test-ing; but there’s far too much of it and they tend to narrow the curriculum; they tend to deprive teachers, as well as their stu-dents, of creative opportunities. So I think in general it’s often the case that education is much less creative than it should be. 14 Techniques Februar y 2012

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