“We penalize kids for getting distracted from boring stuff at school”

Spot-on. Brilliant observations by Sir Ken Robinson. You might have seen this before.

It’s both exhilarating and depressing. I’m nodding my head in agreement yet feel sorry for our broken educational system which, in my opinion, won’t ever change. I was bored to tears as a student and still consider myself a marginally-functional idiot, bereft of any particular talent or skill.

I distinctly remember handing an art project to my 6th-grade teacher. It was a watercolor of a man standing outdoors. She took the painting from me, opened a black marker and drew an outline around the man to “finish” it. So, the painting I made was “wrong.”

Worse, my 8-year-old already dreads school because “it’s so boring.”