Discovering ourselves

Friday, 23 November 2012 10:22
Started reading Ken Robinson’s book ‘How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything’ (Penguin, 2009). His focus – according to the blurb on the back – is ‘the child bored in class, the disillusioned employee and those of us who feel frustrated but can’t quite explain why’. I’ve only got through the first couple of chapters and a yellow highlighter is very much in order.

Here’s a quote that links to the stuff I was writing on Monday (19 November):
‘The world is changing faster than ever in our history. Our best hope... is to develop a new paradigm of human capacity to meet a new era of human existence. We need to evolve a new appreciation of the importance of nurturing human talent along with an understanding of how talent expresses itself differently in every individual. We need to create environments – in our schools, in our workplaces, and in our public offices – where every person is inspired to grow creatively. We need to make sure that all people have the chance to do what they should be doing, to discover….themselves and in their own way’ (p. xiii).

Does this seem to be a statement of the bleedin’ obvious? Well, perhaps….but on the other hand, as Ken Robinson says himself, is such discovery being encouraged in our schools and workplaces? Aren’t people being encouraged to pour themselves into conventional lives, to educate and develop themselves for yesterday’s jobs?

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