Sir Ken Robinson’s thought-provoking words

My wife and I recently attended curriculum night at our kids’ elementary school.  If you’re not familiar with curriculum night, its basically the point at which the teachers get to tell the parents all about the curriculum that the kids will be studying during the school year.  If your kids are in 1st grade you attend the 1st grade presentation and so on.  Our boys are both in a supplemental gifted program and the gifted teacher showed the video below during her presentation.  I must give props to the teacher for having the guts to show this video; one because it’s rather long (almost 12 minutes) and two because it flies in the face of much of what education is doing these days.

The video made me think, it challenged me and it also gave language to much of what I believe about education but had never voiced or attempted to flesh out.  I have heard of Sir Ken Robinson but had never looked into his work; after hearing this I find myself quickly becoming a fan.

I must make a disclaimer here so you can understand some of the filter through which I processed this video; my wife is a teacher, though inactive at the moment, I have 3 children in elementary school and they are completely unique in each and every way, and lastly one of my children takes Adderall for ADHD.  All that said, I wholeheartedly believe that Sir Ken Robinson is on the right track here and that our education system is horribly ineffective in many ways and downright damaging in others.  I’d love to know what you think…if you have the patience to watch it all the way through.

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dusty people

I recently attended a meeting in which we took communion.  It was impromptu and unexpected and a very simple setup.  During the serving of communion the organizers played “Beautiful Things” by Gungor.  I had heard the song several times before but was struck by the single line

you make beautiful things out of the dust

It got me thinking about dust.  Oh not the biblical kind of dust that God created us out of but the annoying, coats your furniture, gets in your nose kind of dust.

In our world dust equals neglect.  If something is covered with dust it hasn’t been touched or moved or worse yet played with for a very long time.  It hasn’t been held or opened up and it probably hasn’t even been looked at or noticed for quite a while.  If something is described as dusty, it’s considered old and outdated, it’s probably unwanted and forgotten, and the word dusty certainly doesn’t conjure up images of attractiveness or beauty.

But God makes beautiful things out of the dust, out of dusty lives and dusty people.  People who feel neglected, unwanted, forgotten, outdated, unattractive and ugly.  People who haven’t been held or touched or opened or played with for a very long time, dusty people.  God can blow the dust off of them, he can clean them up, he can open them up, he can fill them with his spirit, he can let them know that they are not forgotten, that they are wanted and that they are beautiful in his eyes.  God can make beautiful things out of dusty people.

Enjoy the song

JNS