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Mike Huckabee: Kids leave school not because they are dumb, but because they are BORED

CJ Westerberg, December 5, 2011 11:56 AM


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Watch this lively conversation about the importance of the arts in education with Sir Ken Robinson, arguably one of "the most gifted communicators" about creativity, and Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas and currently host of Fox's "Huckabee".

Sir Ken warns that not only does our individual sense of purpose and meaning in life come
from identifying and pursuing our strengths, talents and interests, but our nation's economic health depends on it:  "Innovating means developing everybody's talents."

One revealing story Sir Ken shares is about how Paul McCartney and George Harrison,
"one half of the Beatles" while both in the same music class, were each pegged by their
music teacher as lacking in musical talent.  In addition, they both "hated" music class. 

"Often talent is buried deep unless you look for it, and unless you give the encouragement and create the conditions for it
to flourish, you don't discover it.

Huckabee warns of living the "coulda-shoulda" life, and with many of us re-inventing
ourselves due to the chaotic new economic climate, why not pursue what may give your life some purpose and meaning ("things that excite you" and "make your imagination work"),
rather than just a band-aid or round of pain?

                                                                                                                 -- C.J. Westerberg

Originally published The Daily Riff March 2010.

Related posts The Daily Riff:

The Purpose of Education

Hacking Education:  Sir Ken Challenges Top Tech Movers & Shakers

Sir Ken: "Changing the Education Paradigm" - New Video

Sir Ken Pokes the System:  A Very Viral TED Video

The Creativity Crisis in Our Schools

Music Education in America


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