Are schools killing creativity?
“The problem with conformity in education is that people are not standardised to begin with,” says Ken Robinson of Creative Schools.
The first time we watched this video was a few years back and each time it has even more impact than before.
Sir Ken Robinson was born in Liverpool. He is married to Therese (Lady) Robinson. They have two children, James and Kate, and now live in Los Angeles, California.
Sir Ken PHD is a pioneer in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources in education and in business. He also works with governments and education systems in Europe, Asia and the USA, and with international agencies.
Remember last week we were talking about Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day? Well here is a bit more about it all… Have you signed the petition?
Food Revolution Day is fighting to put compulsory practical food education on the school curriculum.
With diet-related diseases rising at an alarming rate, it has never been more important to educate children about food, where it comes from and how it affects their bodies. We believe the same as Jamie, it is a child’s human right to be taught how to grow and cook fresh, nutritious food. They even made an awesome music video. Check it out:
“By educating children about food in a practical, fun and engaging way, we can provide them with the knowledge and skills they so urgently need to lead healthier, happier lives. We need to make practical food education a compulsory part of every school curriculum across the world, and that’s why I’ve launched a petition calling on all G20 countries to action this. With enough support from millions of people around the world, I truly believe that we can create a movement that’s powerful enough to make governments take action.” Jamie Oliver
The fight has turned into a war on sugar!
We love an occasional sweetie or cake, but how much is too much? You can read more about sugar guidelines related to age on Jamie’s website. Last night, Jamie’s Sugar Rush aired on Channel 4, showing the devastating effects that consuming too much sugar can have on our bodies. It’s not for the faint hearted – the shocking news that children are routinely getting all their teeth pulled out due to sugar and that thousand of Brits have amputations due to dietary disease left us completely gobsmacked. What did we learn? READ the packets of ALL the food you buy. The levels of sugar being put into seemingly healthy foods is absurd and it makes your daily intake really add up! Educate yourself to what you are eating. Maybe you will think twice about that extra teaspoon of sugar in your cup of tea after you watch this documentary. Jamie has witnessed enough to give him solid determination that we have to take action.
Jamie wants to introduce a tax on sugary drinks in the UK to improve our children’s health.
Experts believe a tax of just 7p per regular-sized can of soft drink with added sugar could generate £1 billion per year. We believe this crucial revenue should be ring-fenced to support much-needed preventative strategies in the NHS and schools around childhood obesity and diet-related disease.
If you agree sign the petition: petition.parliament.uk
What to See!
If you didn’t watch Jamie’s Sugar Rush last night you can catch it on demand here: channel4.com/programmes/jamies-sugar-rush
You can read more about this in next week’s issue on Health.