What Paradigms Rule Us?

Brad M. Griffin | Dec 16, 2010

Yesterday a friend passed on this animated talk from Sir Ken Robinson about educational paradigms and how they tend to limit our thinking about kids’ potential and the ways to get at learning.

I haven’t checked out any of the research mentioned here, so I’m not advocating all Robinson says (though I’m curious to research more). The point I appreciate is that the ruling paradigms tend to rule us. The mental models within which we place our understanding in any given area (education, discipleship, service and justice, etc.) often constrict our ability to think outside the given boundaries.

So as you watch this clip, consider: be it learning or elsewhere, where could you be controlled by paradigms that need to be revisited or even shattered?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of over a dozen books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and Can I Ask That? Brad and his family live in Southern California, where he serves as Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Mountainside Communion.


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