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Education advice

Sir,

This letter is not directly concerned with Arran but sometimes you come across something that impresses you so much you want to share it – even if you’re not on social media; so I decided to ignore, for the present, the potholes and CalMac and mention something a bit more uplifting.

If I’m the last person to discover the words of Ken Robison, the educationalist, my apologies, but if you haven’t come across him and you’re at all interested in children’s education, please check him out. I’ve not yet read Mr Robison’s books but so far have only listened to his TED talks on the web. Some of the talks include ‘How to escape education’s Death Valley’, ‘Bring on the education revolution’, ‘Do school’s kill creativity?’ and ‘Changing education paradigms’. Each talk lasts for about 20 minutes, and are highly entertaining with some fascinating comments on things such as academia, ADHD and much more. I was prompted to check out Mr Robison when I saw him on television responding to a statement by a cabinet minister who had stated that all children should aspire to go to Oxford or Cambridge. Mr. Robison said that he reckoned that the politician ‘had lost his mind’. I immediately liked this guy.

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